Recent data from a year-long pilot study performed by Alere Health found that at-home blood pressure monitoring increased medication compliance among coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and reduced blood pressure levels in 98.4% of the home monitoring population. Comparatively, only 33% of the population that reported results to their providers via telephone saw reduced blood pressure levels.
A leading provider of health management services, Alere is now offering its At-Home Blood Pressure (BP) Monitoring program to CAD care management patients as a value-added service for health plan and large employer clients. The companyexpects to publish the full results of its study in the near future.
“Finding effective and simple ways to help patients reduce blood pressure is one of the best strategies physicians and health plans can deploy to decrease risk forstrokes and heart attacks,” said Mike Cotton, CEO of Alere Health. “This pilot supports Alere’s view that at home blood pressure monitoring, when combined with telephonic access to nurses who can provide education and support, is a great way to improve blood pressure and lower risk for individuals with heart disease.”
A total of 859 patients enrolled in the commercial population of a national health plan participated in the study, making it one of the largest of its kind. Participants measured their blood pressure with easy-to-use, wireless-enabled devices. Output from these devices was reviewed in real-time by skilled care managers, who provided ongoing educational support and facilitated physician-guided care planning.
In addition to demonstrating improved management of blood pressure, the pilot showed increases in nurse-participant contact and medication adherence among the CAD population using a monitoring device. Annual call interactions with nurses rose from five to nine, and medication compliance for participants using a monitoringdevice was 62%, compared to 48% for participants receiving telephonic support alone.
Alere Health is the health management services business of Alere Inc. Alere, a Latin verb, meaning “to care for” or “to support,” offers the most patient-centered health management services available from a single provider in the industry. Alere provides health interventions that cover an individual’s entire lifespan, from pre-cradle to end-of-life care, and the company’s services range from wellness and prevention to the total health management of individuals with chronic illnesses. Alere’s continuum of services begins with preconception, pregnancy, NICU and first year of life; it continues with lifelong programs focused on health, wellness, the management of such conditions as heart failure, COPD, and asthma, and the complex management required for end-of-life care. For more information regarding Alere, please visit www.alere.com.