Study suggests without feedback loops, home blood pressure monitoring may increase unnecessary ER visits

New data out of Ontario, Canada suggests that blood pressure home monitoring without any kind of feedback loop about the readings, can lead to an unnecessary strain on the healthcare system. In the study, published last week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, an analysis of more than 200,000 emergency room visits across 180 sites showed a 64 percent increase in emergency room visits for hypertension from 2002 to 2012 — despite a 28 percent decrease in hospitalizations for hypertension over that same time frame.

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Another Massachusetts insurer to cover virtual doctor visits

Having a cold, allergies, rash, or urinary tract infection used to mean a visit to the doctor’s office. Now, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care members can video chat with a doctor instead.

Starting July 1, the state’s second-largest commercial insurer will cover telehealth, offering the video chat service through California-based Doctor On Demand and from doctors in the Harvard Pilgrim network that offer telehealth.

Boston Business Journal