Self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP)—an evidence-based strategy to lower blood pressure and improve control of hypertension—is supported by numerous domestic and international guidelines and was highlighted in the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2020 Call to Action to Control Hypertension. However, there remains a lack of infrastructure to support effective data flow between home blood pressure devices and the clinician. To advance the collection, transfer and use of patient-generated health data for SMBP, PHII has collaborated with the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). As part of this collaboration, PHII and CDC will conduct a national assessment of the health informatics landscape supporting SMBP and advocate for the use of health information standards that can alleviate some of the current barriers and gaps.

The following resources highlight our work in reducing health IT barriers to improve widespread SMBP adoption.

self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) resources

SMBP: Key Findings from a National Health Information Technology Landscape Analysis

This report includes recommendations to alleviate or reduce gaps and barriers for widespread adoption of SMBP.

How Do We Jump-Start SMBP in the U.S.? Addressing Barriers Beyond the Published Literature

This article, co-authored by PHII staff, from the American Journal of Hypertension explores high-level barriers to SMBP and offers potential solutions.

Health IT Checklist for SMBP Telemonitoring Software

This checklist is a quick-reference guide that serves as a complement to the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP) Implementation Toolkit. The checklist allows providers to quickly see what products meet their needs and highlights the specifications developers should integrate into their products to better align with provider needs. The software products included in this checklist have specific SMBP functionality that allow for as-needed monitoring based on the recommended SMBP protocol.

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