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Digital medicine uses technologies such as hardware and software as tools for measurement and intervention in human health to support treatments, recovery, disease prevention, and health promotion. One of the latest ways they are being used is to help control hypertension.

By Jim Pittman, Director of Medicare Advantage Communications, Ochsner Health Plan and Liz Miller Communication Manager at GetSetUp.

Digital medicine uses technologies such as hardware and software as tools for measurement and intervention in human health to support treatments, recovery, disease prevention, and health promotion. One of the latest ways they are being used is to help control hypertension.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. It also contributes significantly to stroke, the fifth-leading cause of death in the US. 

High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms. If not controlled, it can cause damage to the eyes, brain, heart, blood vessels, and kidney. It occurs when the pressure inside the arteries is higher than it should be.

According to 2020 “America’s Health Rankings”, Louisiana ranks 43rd in the U.S. for the prevalence of hypertension, with 67.5% the state’s residents over the age of 65 reporting high blood pressure. 

To help combat this in Louisiana the Ochsner Health Plan has partnered with Ochsner Digital Medicine to help members control their hypertension. The program will help members to manage their high blood pressure at home using a digital device to send readings to their Digital Medicine team who will adjust the members care, as needed.“For those enrolled in the Digital Medicine program, we typically see nearly half of our members with uncontrolled hypertension get in control in the first 90 days, and we see fewer ER visits and hospital admissions in that same early time frame,” said David Houghton, MD, Ochsner Health’s Medical Director of Digital Medicine and Telehealth System Chair. “We recognize that if we keep members in the program, get their conditions under control, and reduce complications taking them to the hospital, then this program effectively improves the state’s overall health.”


May 18, 2022
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