Blood Pressure kiosks for medication therapy management programs

For one month, the total revenue collected by using blood pressure kiosks was generated and measured to identify how valuable kiosks could be in identifying hypertensive patients. Studies currently show that hypertension affects twenty to thirty percent of North American adults, and one-half of this hypertensive population remain uncontrolled. Uncontrolled hypertension leads to many adverse effects, some of which include heart failure, myocardial infarction, and stroke. By implementing blood pressure kiosks, patients may more easily obtain their blood pressure readings, and therefore find help from pharmacists if deemed necessary.

From this study, researchers concluded that on average, 189 hypertensive patients per month would qualify for a drug review and patient consult with a pharmacist. These reviews and consults would qualify for revenue collected. Overall, more than 7.5 million readings from 341 pharmacies were taken on the blood pressure kiosks. Through calculations, researchers determined by pharmacies could collect an average of $12,270 annually in revenue from MTM services provided to patients who discovered their hypertension. It is evident that blood pressure kiosks are very valuable in a pharmaceutical setting.

I found this article interesting because I myself have used a similar kiosk at a local pharmacy. Although I had already known that I was not hypertensive and I was merely just playing with the technology, I did wonder how beneficial the kiosk was to the company that I was in. From this study, I have no doubt implementing a blood pressure kiosk can help pharmacists generate more patients, thereby providing the assistance and improving patient outcomes.

 

Houle SK, Chuck AW, Tsuyuki RT. Blood pressure kiosks for medication therapy management programs: Business opportunity for pharmacists.. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2003;52:188-194.

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  1. I think this study highlights something that a lot of us have been wondering, how useful and effective are the kiosks? At the pharmacy I work in, we have a blood pressure kiosk and I always find someone using it when I walk out of the pharmacy. As a kid, there were blood pressure kiosks in the pharmacy we used, and I would always up in and get my blood pressure taken. I think adults have a similar mindset of ‘playing’ with kiosk. Some patients wait in line and use other, others while waiting for the bathroom, some before they drop off a script. To see the number of blood pressure readings these have taken, and the impact they could have on a variety of patients alone should get them implemented in pharmacies everywhere. I like the kiosks best too because the patient is taking advantage of the opportunity they have in front of them. With the help of pharmacist and the kiosks, I feel like we can greatly affect the hypertensive community.

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