t+ blood pressure lite enables monitoring of patients' blood pressure at home

28 August 2009

Oxford University spin-out t+ Medical has launched t+ blood pressure lite, which enables healthcare professionals to effectively monitor their patients’ blood pressure without patients having to leave their home.

t+ blood pressure lite enables healthcare professionals to monitor their patients' blood pressure without the inconvenience of having to visit the surgery each time.

GP Dan Lasserson from Jericho Health Centre, Oxford said: “Improving our diagnosis and management of hypertension is key to reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease. The BP lite system will allow us to make decisions much more accurately and it is more convenient for patients. Embracing new technology is essential for modern primary care so that we can work together with our patients to prevent the major diseases that cause disability and shorten life expectancy.”

The system has already been trialed, and is continuing to be used by the Stroke Prevention Research Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It was found that home monitoring of patients' blood pressure using t+ blood pressure lite was feasible in most patients following a mini-stroke (TIA), irrespective of age, and patient satisfaction was high. The home monitoring was able to identify masked hypertension and led to improved blood pressure control.

Business Development Director at t+ Medical Rob Halhead said: “t+ blood pressure lite is another example of our innovation. Our purpose is to use everyday technology which is familiar, cost effective and easy for patients to use to enable the NHS to deliver radically improved healthcare outcomes and at significantly lower cost. We take a collaborative approach with us wherever we go and we’re delighted with the improvements we’re helping our NHS colleagues to deliver in Oxfordshire”.

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