By Chioma Obinna
To ensure easy access to information and treatment for hypertension, Omron Healthcare EMEA has launched a pilot project tagged “Omron Medical Connect”, to enable patients receive remote consultation and prescriptions for hypertension from qualified cardiologists. The project which will run in collaboration with cardiologists at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH is aimed at providing patients with hypertension care in pharmacies close to their homes, reduce cost, travel and waiting time during appointments.
Under the project, 500 patients will be recruited to demonstrate feasibility and effectiveness of the innovative healthcare delivery model. The Pilot takes place February to October 2016 in Lagos. Giving insight into the project, Group Manager, Omron Healthcare EMEA, Paul Stevens, said the mission is to go beyond tracking numbers to provide services that enable patients take control of their health and live longer, healthier lives.
Stevens said: “By reducing the burden of chronic disease management on hospitals, while providing a platform for patients to receive high quality care at low cost, we believe that Omron Medical Connect can transform the way people receive healthcare, and eventually increase affordability and accessibility for millions of patients.
“Omron Medical Connect will leverage Community Pharmacies as the patient’s main point of care where blood pressure will be measured, the patient will be counselled on lifestyle measures and drug use, and drugs will be dispensed.
Blood pressure will be monitored by a doctor via digital data transfer through a ‘health cloud’, doctors are then able to electronically renew prescriptions based on the blood pressure measurements performed at the pharmacy. Doctors from LUTH will provide the remote monitoring service and this hospital will serve as the referral site for patients with an indication for usual physician-based care.
Further, Stevens explained 10 community blood pressure screening events, targeting 5,000 will be sponsored in collaboration with LUTH to raise awareness about hypertension and identify patients suitable for pharmacy-based hypertension care via Omron Medical Connect.
He said at the end, an independent clinical observation study will measure the outcomes of the pilot, measuring patient retention in the Pilot, the impact on medication adherence and patient blood pressure, plus the cost of care to the patients.