Blood Pressure Monitoring At Home
BP@Home: Viso (previously known as Hypertension Plus)
BP@Home - monitoring your blood pressure with the Viso app
GP Practices in our network offer the opportunity for patients with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at home and share their blood pressure readings directly back to their GP from home using the Viso app.
Why do I need to monitor my blood pressure?
High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your blood vessels, heart and other organs, such as the brain, kidneys and eyes.
High blood pressure affects more than 1 in 4 adults in England; around 50% of all heart attack and strokes are associated with high BP and it is a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease, heart failure and dementia.
What happens if I don't stay on top of my high blood pressure?
Persistent high blood pressure can increase your risk of some serious and potentially life-threatening health conditions, such as:
- heart disease
- heart attacks
- heart failure
- peripheral arterial disease
- aortic aneurysms
- kidney disease
- vascular dementia
Prevention is key: If you have high blood pressure, reducing it even a small amount can help lower your risk of these health conditions.
Why has NHS Dorset commissioned Viso for the BP@Home service?
In line with NHS England recommendations, NHS Dorset is working in partnership with Omron Healthcare to implement blood pressure (BP) monitoring at home for patients with a diagnosis of hypertension, enabling treatment to be optimised where necessary.
Omron Healthcare – the leading brand in blood pressure management – developed the Hypertension Plus programme, now called "Viso". The NHS-approved Viso app keeps an eye on your health between appointments. Viso asks for information your doctor needs to know and responds with expert advice. It builds a more complete view of your health over time and alerts you to take action when significant changes are detected. Viso is always free to use and can only be accessed with an invitation from your GP surgery.
Monitoring blood pressure remotely through Viso has multiple benefits. From the patient perspective, it will not be necessary to book an appointment and attend the surgery for a blood pressure check. It enables healthcare professionals to keep track of a person’s health, provide them with the information needed to look after their health and help them access the right treatment when required. In addition, taking measurements in the comfort of one’s own home can better reflect blood pressure, as being tested in a medical environment can make some people feel anxious, affecting results.
How does the service work?
Patients who meet the eligibility criteria will be contacted by their GP Practice, inviting them to register with the Viso programme. Invites will typically be sent via SMS text message, requesting the patient to accept or decline the invitation. People who agree to participate will be contacted with details on registering to use the service.
What if I don't have a Home Monitor?
If you don’t already have a suitable BP monitor, one will be provided to you free of charge. And should anyone need guidance and support to use the app to provide their BP readings, our Digital Care Coordinator is available to help.
Once you submit BP readings, your GP Practice can view these and advise any changes required to your treatment.
For more information about Viso, please follow these links to the Omron Healthcare website>>
Omron has also provided information on their programme support web page here>>
You can also access practical guidance on reaching your target blood pressure on the Omron Healthcare website by following this link>>