Researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada, have developed a mobile-phone based system to monitor blood pressure.
The monitoring system automatically picks up the patient’s home blood pressure readings, which are sent wirelessly to the patient’s mobile phone.
The mobiles are pre-programmed to transmit the blood pressure readings to the monitoring system, which provides patients with appropriate feedback.
Good readings may prompt a message of congratulations, while problematic readings may alert the patient that they should visit a doctor.
In case of consistent problematic blood pressure readings, a doctor would be automatically notified.
Doctor’s will also able to check the patient’s blood pressure readings online.
In a study, the device was found to help 37% of patients to get their blood pressure under control, compared to 14.2% of patients who used standard equipment.