Self-Monitoring for Hypertension Patients Growing as Technology and Devices Improve
May 7, 2012 - 11:07:24 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Amherst, NH – The ability of patients to self-monitor is deemed to be a critical tool in reducing the healthcare effects of chronic disease factors. The convergence of new measurement technologies, patient demographics and managed care cost initiatives is driving patient monitoring for a number of conditions from caregiver facilities and into homes. The key enablers of this significant shift are technological advances that provide accurate readings in a format that consumers can understand, clearly indicating when a follow-up visit to a caregiver is needed. Because of the associated morbidity and mortality and the associated cost to society, hypertension is an important public health challenge that can benefit from the growth in home blood pressure monitors.
For electronic blood pressure monitor market participants, design refinements, improved usability and market acceptance have led to a surge in competition as the number of electronic devices entering the market has escalated. Since January of 2009, more than sixty electronic blood pressure monitors for patient or home use have received marketing approval from the U.S. FDA. These products feature upper arm or wrist cuff models which inflate and deflate the cuff automatically. Most models monitor pulse rate and a number of these also sense and alert the user when an irregular heartbeat is detected.
Other recent advances for high-end products include expanded memory for storing measurement results, synthesized voice announcement of measurement values, reading averaging, wireless capability, data downloading, and smart phone connectivity. Wearable models are also an option. As the market evolves, the emphasis on devices that can link the patient with caregivers will increase.
A new research study, Electronic Blood Pressure Monitors: Devices, Players, Markets and Forecasts, examines the growing patient use of digital blood pressure monitors for monitoring hypertension. The report identifies key product segments, profiles device suppliers and their products, describes the regulatory and commercial environment, and assesses the dynamics of patient care that will affect market development.
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