A new study showed that IDEAL LIFE remote health management devices effectively reduced their systolic blood pressure (SYS) by an average of 10 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). The study involved 900 hypertensive patients. This decrease was brought down below 140 mmHg for many patients, the level traditionally defined as the threshold for "high" blood pressure.

Basically, the patients in this study went from being hypertensive to having blood pressures considered within a normal range, said William (Bill) Courtright, MD. Monitoring their blood pressure with the IDEAL LIFE system allowed for timely adjustments and better disease management.

The company’s wireless devices work with telephone lines, cell phones, and the Internet and have 99.5 percent compliance rate due to affordability and ease-of-use.

As patient population involved in the study is significantly larger than that of other hypertension studies, the results proved to be of great interest to healthcare experts. IDEAL LIFE BP Manager is used by patients to wirelessly and automatically capture, store, and send daily blood pressure readings to a designated healthcare provider. After six months review :

• An average decrease in systolic blood pressure of 9 mmHg is observed

• Decrease of 10 mmHg or more in 48 percent of patients is observed

• Decrease of 5 mm Hg or more in 61 percent of patients is observed

9 An average decrease of 19 mmHg in 42 percent of patients with a SYS of greater than 150 mmHg is observed

• 77 mmHg (from 221 to 144) was the greatest SYS reduction recorded for a single individual

• Adjustments in medications and improved health for 50 percent of participating patients

• Lower costs and better outcomes for providers and payers

The differentiating factor with IDEAL LIFE is that blood pressure readings are automatically transmitted, said Martin Myers, MD, FRCPC, an internationally known authority on hypertension. That removes one of the concerns we had about home-based measurements. Patients don’t always keep reliable records, but with the IDEAL LIFE approach, readings are automatic and completely accurate.

This study clearly demonstrates how important it is to have accurate, timely, reliable health information, said Jason Goldberg, founder and president of IDEAL LIFE. The right data at the right time can make all the difference in terms of savings and quality of life.