Main Benefits of Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring and Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies
Deemed a “silent killer,” uncontrolled high blood pressure is a primary cause of significant damage to the heart, brain, and arteries. Remote blood pressure monitoring helps providers deliver proactive interventions to prevent potentially fatal conditions in half of American adults.
Detecting Masked Hypertension
While measuring a patient’s blood pressure during an office visit is standard, a normal read in-office doesn’t necessarily indicate consistently healthy blood pressure levels. It’s estimated that 10 – 30% of patients have masked hypertension, according to the European Society of Hypertension. In these cases, patients’ readings in-clinic are normal, however, their blood pressure intermittently reaches dangerous levels without being detected. If the patient takes a reading daily, the provider will then be able to identify a baseline and properly determine triggers, thresholds, and risk factors so that they can play a proactive role in the patient’s overall health.
Real-Time Blood Pressure Data Analysis
Consistent access to readings allows providers to analyze fluctuations in blood pressure levels over time. Providers may ask patients to record their blood pressure daily, weekly, or at a customized schedule to establish a baseline and evaluate ongoing treatment efficacy.
Other Biometric Monitoring
Hypertension is rarely an isolated condition. Diabetes mellitus, obesity, hyperlipidemia, and coronary heart disease are comorbid conditions often occurring alongside hypertension. Providers may combine other remote patient monitoring devices to examine a patient’s health via multiple variables, including patient weight, blood sugar, heart rate, and electrocardiographic rhythms.
Digital Patient Assessments
Some providers may ask their patients to self-report symptoms to help assess the efficacy and compatibility of antihypertensive interventions. Tracking symptoms via assessment can also help patients become aware of potential health concerns and emerging symptoms between office visits. Digital patient symptom assessments also reinforce patient-provider communication, transparency, and trust by giving patients another way to report health concerns over time. Remote patient monitoring also helps providers improve their MIPS scores and provide data to support value-based care initiatives.
In the wake of COVID-19, many providers started offering telehealth options. By eliminating barriers to care, patients in rural and underserved populations have better access to their care team. With remote patient monitoring, providers can discuss health concerns with patients, better prevent diseases, and build stronger relationships that lead to better outcomes.