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Humetrix to unveil hypertension app at HIMSS15

“Tensio is the first in a family of apps we are developing for chronic conditions.”
By Chris Anderson
12:25 PM
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Humetrix, the developer of the iBlueButton application that allows users to securely download and store all their medical records on a smartphone or tablet, will introduce its Tensio hypertension app at HIMSS15. It is the first of what will be a complete line of mobile apps designed to help patients, in consultation with their doctors, manage chronic medical conditions.

Tensio, available on the iOS platform and on Apple Watch, when it is introduced to market April 24, integrates HealthKit data from users’ monitoring devices including blood pressure monitors, scales and activity tracker among others. Combined with other medical data, the app applies medical intelligence to generate warnings or alerts to patients on their iPhone or Apple Watch based on their specific case history.

“Tensio is the first in a family of apps we are developing for chronic conditions,” said Bettina Experton, CEO of Humetrix. “We started with hypertension because it is the most common chronic condition in the US – where about one-third of adults suffer from hypertension – and also because only about 50 percent of patients diagnosed with hypertension have their blood pressure under control.”

One of the reasons hypertension is not well controlled, even by treatments physicians prescribe, is not just poor medication adherence, but because there are also multiple lifestyle factors that contribute and need to be managed as well. Using Tensio, doctors and their patients can better manage a specific patient’s treatment regimen.

Apps like Tensio are now beginning to illicit the powerful combination of EHR and other health data as well as mobile technology, according to Experton.

Features of the new app include: integration with Apple HealthKit data and associated digital monitoring devices, an automated feed of medications and medical conditions from Humetrix apps, self-entry thought pick lists, blood pressure monitoring reminders and notifications on blood pressure affecting medications or conditions.

“Tensio illustrates how the combination of mobile technology on one side and the regulatory framework on the other side can combine to deliver today some meaningful solutions where the patients can be better partners in managing their healthcare,” she said.

Currently only available on the iOS platform, Humetrix plans to introduce the app for Android devices late summer or early fall.

Other chronic condition apps targeting diabetes, COPD, asthma, heart disease and CHF will follow in the future.