hypertension

By Jonah Comstock September 20, 2016
Ochsner Health System in New Orleans has catapulted itself into the front lines of hospital innovation in the last few years as an early Apple HealthKit adopter, with its in-house "O Bar" app store, and with an initially successful blood pressure monitoring trial, the details of which Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Richard Milani shared at MobiHealthNews' event in June. At the DPharm...
By Heather Mack September 7, 2016
Not all blood pressure monitors are created equal, it seems. New research from Italy suggests that at-home, wrist blood pressure cuffs can be inaccurate if not done exactly right, leading to false reports of elevated blood pressure at home when compared to measurements taken in a doctor’s office. The problem, it seems, may be in patient’s ability to get just the right positioning of the wrist,...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2016
New data out of Ontario, Canada suggests that blood pressure home monitoring without any kind of feedback loop about the readings, can lead to an unnecessary strain on the healthcare system. In the study, published last week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, an analysis of more than 200,000 emergency room visits across 180 sites showed a 64 percent increase in emergency room visits for...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2016
Ochsner Health System in New Orleans was able to get a little over two-thirds of their out-of-range hypertension patients within range in 90 days by having those patients measure their blood pressure once a week with a connected device. Dr. Richard Milani, the chief clinical transformation officer at Ochsner, shared some results from the program at the MobiHealthNews 2016 event last week in San...
By Jonah Comstock June 22, 2016
Less than a month after completing its acquisition of connected health company Withings, Nokia Technologies has signaled its intention to pursue not just the direct to consumer space, as Withings did, but also the regulated clinical device space. Today Nokia Technologies announced that it would work with Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the University of Helsinki to develop new technologies...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in partnership with Evidation Health, will test Medisafe’s medication adherence app in a randomized control trial of 390 patients taking medication for high blood pressure. Patients will be monitored with an at-home Bluetooth blood pressure cuff. “I see patients in an acute care setting and there’s a hope that the technology will help people but it’s unclear...
By Jonah Comstock January 28, 2016
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will soon become the latest hospital to incorporate health monitoring via connected devices and Apple’s HealthKit infrastructure. BIDMC @ Home, an initiative the hospital has been working on for the past six months or so, is currently being tested on doctors and IT personnel in the hospital and will roll out to its first cohort of patients in the spring. “...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2016
Redwood City, California-based Proteus Digital Health announced its first US healthcare provider customer, Barton Health, which will prescribe the company's Proteus Discover to patients. The company says this is the first time its technology has been implemented outside of a clinical trial setting in the US. Barton Health, a health system in Lake Tahoe, California, will use the medication...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2015
Dr. John Sotos, a cardiologist and worldwide medical director at Intel, thinks mobile health is the key to defeating what he calls "the worst disease in the world". "The worst disease in the world is hypertension," he said at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. "And that may seem surprising but it’s quantifiably true. It’s responsible for over half of the fatal strokes in the world, over half...
By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
Tactio Health Group, a Montreal-based company that builds smartphone-connected remote patient monitoring devices, will run a 25-person pilot study with the University of Michigan Health System, studying the effects of pharmacist-led home blood pressure monitoring and medication reminders on people with hypertension. "This study seeks to put patient collected data into the hands of a healthcare...