The Scottish Government is all set to roll out a new technology that enables patients to monitor their blood pressure (BP) at home.
The initiative called Scale-Up BP will deliver more accurate readings and decrease the need for general practitioner (GP) consultations. It is part of the larger 'Technology Enabled Care' programme, which intends to boost the utilisation of evidence-backed technology to support people in managing their health and well-being at home, and in their community.
Scale-Up BP involves training people to measure their own BP and transmit the findings using an app called Florence, or Flo. Their GP or practice nurse can then assess the readings and set up a face-to-face appointment only when necessary.
It has successfully undergone trials at 150 practices across Scotland, and >10,000 individuals have benefitted from it till date. It is expected to be expanded to several other regions on Scotland over the next 2 years supported by a £1.2 million funding from the Government.
Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Health Secretary, said: "By investing in improved technology across health and social care, we can improve patients’ experience and outcomes, and free up capacity in the system at the same time."