Open Survey Designed to Improve Healthcare and Reduce Medical Costs

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Rising health costs and growing awareness of health issues are encouraging individuals to take a more active part in managing their health. A web survey is open that will influence how personal tracking and charting software can be improved. Survey participants can get a free copy of FutureWare's KeyRing personal information security manager, and notification of the survey's results.

there is strong evidence that the traditional way of measuring blood pressure in adults can be misleading

The health industry's many problems are encouraging and individuals to become more involved in their health. The same encouragement is increasingly coming from professional health providers. An open web-based survey will allow both individuals and health providers to influence FutureWare's next generation of medical history tracking and charting software.

Chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure are affecting all segments and age groups in the US and are becoming growing concerns. The traditional approaches to managing these are giving way to involving the patients more directly, instead of them being passive consumers taking direction from their doctors.

One example of this was the May 2008, joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, who have come out for increased self-monitoring by the patients themselves. The statement specifically stated that "High blood pressure patients advised to use home monitors". According to the Associated Press, which covered the event, the statement "was an unprecedented endorsement of a medical device for consumer".

Dr Thomas G. Pickering, M.D., director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, said that "there is strong evidence that the traditional way of measuring blood pressure in adults can be misleading", in part because of what he calls the "white coat effect", meaning that their pressures are normal under other conditions, but rise in the medical setting.

Having health signs, such as blood pressure, checked once or twice a year at a doctor's office is giving way to patients self-monitoring their own health signs on a more frequent, often daily, basis at home. "Home blood pressure monitoring also gives patients the physiologic feedback they need to see regarding blood pressure", says Nancy Houston Miller, R.N., co-author and former president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Self-monitoring offers a lot of advantages. It eliminates the stress and time lost by going to the doctor's office, then waiting for the nurse to take and record the health signs being monitored, only to wait again for the doctor to review and incorporate them into his patient information system, and saves the cost of the visit in both time and money, regardless of any co-pay amount. Most self-monitoring devices, such as a blood pressure monitor, a digital scale, or a blood glucose meter, can be purchased for far less than the actual cost of a doctor's office visit.

"We have received a lot of input on improving self-monitoring from customers of our WellnessTracker line of personal health trackers, and want to get input from a larger group, including professional health providers such as nurses", says Chuck Brooks, president of FutureWare. To do that, FutureWare developed a 20 question secured web-based survey that takes less than five minutes to complete. The questions are designed to highlight both ease of use, and manageability for everyone who uses the products, whether they are individuals or health professionals.

The survey has an introduction with brief outline of the survey's purpose, and a declaration of privacy, and then leads into the one-page survey proper in a secure environment.

Anyone who takes the secured survey and provides an email address will get a free copy of FutureWare's popular KeyRing personal information security manager. They can also get notification of the survey's results. The survey will be closed on 15 August 2008, with the consolidated results available by 29 August 2008.

About FutureWare:
Doing Windows, filling Pockets, and reading Palms, to make award-winning software that works, for Health, Home and Office. FutureWare provides both custom business system designs and a line of personal information management products.

Chuck Brooks, President
FutureWare SCG

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