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    Remote monitoring by pharmacists can boost patient outcomes

     

    Heart health

    There are a number of mHealth apps that can help track heart-related variables, such as blood pressure, pulse, and sodium intake. In addition, there are a number of apps that use the iPhone’s camera to detect heart rate.

    For fitness enthusiasts, the mHealth app options are endless, but a few good ones are MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and Runtastic GPS. However, there are also wearable devices, such as the Fitbit (Fitbit Inc) with mHealth app for tracking daily steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and weight.

    Community pharmacists have been very effective in coaching and monitoring patients’ cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index, and waist circumference. They can leverage the mHealth app data to help patients stay on track and improve their outcomes.

    “If you want to implement mHealth services, you need to follow the PDSA model—Plan, Do, Study, Act,” Mattingly explained.

    First, choose a service that will be useful for your patient population and complements your staff’s strengths. Consider starting with a small pilot program of 20 to 25 patients who could benefit from the service. Collect both qualitative and quantitative outcomes to evaluate and focus on the trends. Then roll out the service with structured processes and measure the outcomes and patient satisfaction.

    Julia Talsma, Content Channel Director
    Julia Talsma is lead editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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