Hypertension and nephrology

[Blood pressure self-measurement with telemonitoring technology]

KÉKES Ede, KISS István, SAMU Antal, SZEGEDI János, MEZEI Rudolf

DECEMBER 30, 2012

Hypertension and nephrology - 2012;16(06)

[Authors present the guidelines, indications and utility value of home selfmeasurements of blood pressure. They report the results of the most important clinical studies. They analyze the methodology of the measurements within telemedicinal solutions and describe the consultative scopes associated with the measurement methods already applied in clinical practice. Their own telemonitoring system - called Medistance - is then presented. They have created three modules for the long term registration of blood pressure in hypertensive patients: 1. an individual module for the hypertensive patients, the elderly, the family, for patients with high cardiovascular risk and for the physicians. 2. a module for the pharmaceutical care, 3. a module for the communities (social homes, club for the elderly, etc.). The Medistance system is functioning for two years in our count]

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