SAN FRANCISCO – Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco will use a $6.5 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study whether mHealth measures can help patients with uncontrolled hypertension manage their condition. “New programs and new technology are being developed that could help control blood pressure, but it’s not clear which will be most effective,” wrote Dr. Mark Fletcher, the project lead, in the project summary. Working with the American Heart Association and American Medical Association as partners, the researchers will use data already being collected by doctors’ offices across the country to find new ways to improve blood pressure. In the second phase of the project, the research team will work with the Health eHeart Alliance to test two home blood pressure monitors—one that connects with a smartphone, and one that does not—to see which is more effective at helping patients achieve their own personal goals for blood pressure control. “We hope our study will help patients and their doctors across the country meet their goals for blood pressure control and improved heart health,” Fletcher wrote.
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