Monday, August 14, 2017

Finding Patients with High Blood Pressure Who Are Hiding In Plain Sight

About 11 million Americans have hypertension but don't know it. They are not receiving treatment, even though most of them have health insurance and visit a health care provider each year. That means millions of people with uncontrolled hypertension are seen by clinicians but remain undiagnosed. Finding these patients and spreading the word about how other health care professionals can find them may help save lives.

Watch this video to learn more about finding patients “hiding in plain sight” with undiagnosed hypertension: 

1. Establish clinical criteria for potentially undiagnosed hypertension. 
2. Search electronic health record data for patients who meet the established clinical criteria. 
3. Implement a plan to diagnose these patients, and to treat those with hypertension. 
4. Calculate your health practice’s or system’s hypertension prevalence and compare your data against local, state, or national data. 

The most important action to take is beginning the search for these patients. Bringing individuals “hiding in plain sight” into clear view will help protect millions from unnecessary and preventable events.

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