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Omron lets Mount Sinai patients monitor blood pressure

Steve Rogerson
July 28, 2020

Omron Healthcare is working with New York’s Mount Sinai Health System to offer patients the VitalSight home blood pressure monitoring system. Mount Sinai recently rolled out the VitalSight programme to support the needs of their patients with hypertension.
“We’re excited to collaborate with such a prestigious healthcare institution as Mount Sinai, who played an instrumental role in shaping the value of VitalSight from early in its development,” said Ranndy Kellogg, CEO of Illinois-based Omron Healthcare. “Now, they are leading the way for patients to use VitalSight from the privacy of their home, while staying closely connected to their physician.”
VitalSight is the latest addition to Omron’s home blood pressure monitors designed to advance the company’s mission of Going for Zero – the elimination of heart attack and stroke. The kit complements Mount Sinai’s commitment to monitor patients remotely as part of its recent telehealth initiative, especially as providers care for Covid-19 patients who are recovering at home.
The effort to provide VitalSight to patients is led by Rob Fields, senior vice president at Mount Sinai, and a team of clinical pharmacists responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme and coordination with physicians to ensure patients receive individual care.
“The ability to monitor patients at home during the pandemic – and on an on-going basis – is critical,” said Fields. “Our collaboration with Omron Healthcare helps make patients active participants in their own health care and extends the reach of clinicians, who receive a continuous stream of their patients’ real-time health data so they can proactively intervene as necessary. Additionally, we are focusing first on our most vulnerable patients, who bear the consequences of disparities in care, in part due to lack of technology access. This programme requires no technology and comes at no cost for the device, with little-to-no cost for service.”
VitalSight is a HIPAA-compliant, Medicare-reimbursable home blood pressure monitor that generally comes at no cost to the patient, depending on their coverage. The kit typically includes a digital blood pressure monitor with cuff, weight scale and digital medication tracker, as well as a data hub. Exact devices may vary based on what the physician deems appropriate for each patient’s hypertension monitoring needs.
VitalSight directly links to a physician’s electronic medical record (EMR). Patients measure their blood pressure, weigh themselves and continue to take their medication as ordered by their physician. Securely encrypted data are automatically sent to the doctor’s EMR in real time, where they are stored for reference unless a health concern is detected, in which case the physician’s office is alerted.
Omron Healthcare invented its first blood pressure monitor more than 40 years ago.
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a medical school, and a network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. It includes more than 7200 physicians and has an expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York city, Westchester and Long Island.