Controlling Hypertension with the Help of Remote Patient Monitoring Can Provide Assistance to More than 116 Million Americans During National Staying Healthy Month

There are more than 116 million Americans who must work every day to control their hypertension, and, in fact, only about one of every four manage their condition properly. The cost of helping people with high blood pressure continues to rise and is estimated to be around $131 billion each year.1

Without proper control of high blood pressure, it can lead to many more serious conditions including stroke, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney issues, an aneurysm, and vision issues. And when someone develops co-morbidities, the cost of their care increases exponentially.

One strategy that is recommended to help people who suffer from hypertension is self-monitoring. “The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the health care professional determine whether treatments are working.” 2 And the Mayo Clinic lists self-monitoring as one of several recommendations for lowering your blood pressure without medication.3

"We're becoming more and more aware of the importance of high blood pressure. Levels we used to think were normal we now associate with worse outcomes, and treating them makes a big difference," said Dr. Emelia J. Benjamin, a professor of cardiology at Boston University and chair of the group that wrote the American Heart Association's "Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 Update."4

But if someone purchases an off-the-shelf blood pressure monitor, they will need to keep a written record of their readings to share with their provider during an office visit. When someone has to log their readings, it leads to errors and a lack of adherence to testing guidelines, which defeats the purpose of using a home monitor.

By using one of Smart Meter’s cellular-connected iBloodPressure® devices, the reading is immediately sent to a portal where a person can track their progress over time. In addition, it is also sent to their healthcare professional who can provide guidance and support without the need for an office visit.

“With Smart Meter’s reliable and easy-to-use iBloodPressure® monitor, patients are more likely to test frequently, giving their healthcare professional real-time insight into current blood pressure readings,” said Dr. Bill Lewis, a leading telehealth consultant “There have been many patients and providers that have seenn firsthand the positive impact on patient outcomes when our cellular-enabled iBloodPressure monitor is used in a remote patient monitoring (RPM) program.”

The iBloodPressure is one of Smart Meter’s most popular devices because it features cellular connectivity via the secure and reliable AT&T 4/5G network. Once the patient has tested using the iBloodPressure system, the results are transmitted immediately to a provider, with no syncing or pairing required by the patient.

About Smart Meter, LLC
Smart Meter is the number one supplier of Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) solutions to a nationwide network of SmartPartners™ who are transforming patient care. Millions of vital health data readings are reliably delivered across our platform enabling SmartPartners™ to deliver real-time, better-informed health care. Our proprietary, patient-friendly, cellular, FDA-registered monitoring devices are connected to an exclusive AT&T 4/5G network to ensure an engaging patient experience for improved adherence. For more information, visit SmartMeterRPM.com

1 Facts About Hypertension | cdc.gov

2 Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home | American Heart Association

 3 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication - Mayo Clinic

4 Cardiovascular diseases affect nearly half of American adults, statistics show | American Heart Association

 

 

Remote Patient Monitoring Solutions Can Help The Nearly 143 Million Americans Keep Weight Loss Resolution During National Staying Healthy Month

During January’s National Staying Healthy Month, millions of Americans have made a resolution to lose weight in 2023. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices and data can provide these people with key resources to help them reach their goals of a healthier life this year and beyond.

A recent survey indicated that 43 percent of Americans, or about 143 million people, are committed to losing weight during 20231 and another survey revealed that the average amount of weight a person wants to lose is 29 pounds.2 Unfortunately, 73 percent of people with a weight loss resolution don’t reach their goal3 and many give up during the first few weeks of the year.

“Start with small changes and continue to build on these or try to tackle one change at a time,” said Dr. Carly Moores an associate lecturer at Flinders University and registered nutritionist. “Try to set yourself goals, reflect on your progress towards these, acknowledge that changes can be hard, and results won’t happen overnight … or even in the first two weeks of the new year.”

More and more studies point to the fact that self-measuring (stepping on a scale) on a regular basis can have an impact on helping with weight loss or preventing weight gain. A recent review of those studies found that in 11 of the 12 reviewed studies, more frequent self-weighing was associated with greater weight loss or weight gain prevention. Specifically, individuals who reported self-weighing weekly or daily, typically over a period of several months, held a 1 to 3 kg/m2 (2.2 to 6.6 pounds) advantage over individuals who did not self-weigh frequently.4

By using Smart Meter’s cellular-connected iScale®, the reading is immediately sent to a portal where a person can track their progress over time. In addition, it is also sent to their healthcare professional who can provide guidance and support without the need for an office visit.

Part of the reason for the incredible growth in cellular-enabled devices is the difficulty people have with Bluetooth® -enabled devices. A recent diabetes care study revealed that 55 percent of people using Bluetooth-enabled devices have issues sending their readings to their providers. Smart Meter has become the leader in RPM data and devices because of its reliable cellular-enabled solutions, data, and services. All Smart Meter devices, including the iScale, utilize an exclusive 4/5G AT&T network to transmit readings instantly.

About Smart Meter, LLC
Smart Meter is the number one supplier of Remote Patient Monitoring (“RPM”) solutions to a nationwide network of SmartPartners™ who are transforming patient care. Millions of vital health data readings are reliably delivered across our platform enabling SmartPartners™ to deliver real-time, better-informed health care. Our proprietary, patient-friendly, cellular, FDA-registered monitoring devices are connected to an exclusive AT&T 4/5G network to ensure an engaging patient experience for improved adherence. For more information, visit SmartMeterRPM.com

1 Tips For Your New Year's Resolution To Lose Weight (thelist.com)

2 New Year's goal: Average American wants to lose 29 pounds in 2023! - Study Finds

 3 New Study Finds 73% Of People Who Set Fitness Goals As New Year's Resolutions Give Them Up (bodybuilding.com)

4 The impact of regular self-weighing on weight management: a systematic literature review - PubMed (nih.gov)