Bartell Drugs unveils newest advance in pharmacy-based blood pressure testing at all 58 stores

Monday, February 18, 2013

BAR kiosk

A new weapon in the fight against hypertension is being unveiled this week in the Puget Sound area with the introduction of PharmaSmart® blood pressure testing kiosks at all 58 Bartell Drugs locations.

Bartells is the first drugstore chain in the Pacific Northwest to provide the new kiosk developed by PharmaSmart International, based in Rochester N.Y.

Patients insert their arms into the clinically validated cuff and then insert the personal PharmaSmart Blood Pressure Management smart card (available from a Bartell’s pharmacist) into the kiosk and press start. The test takes approximately three minutes, which is similar to conventional testing kiosks.

Each patient’s private blood pressure reading is then stored and organized within the Blood Pressure Tracker software.  Upon patient request, Bartell’s pharmacists can instantly access the patient’s integrated diagnostic information for a meaningful consultation.

The software enables Bartell Drug pharmacists to be able to conduct timely reviews with patients who may be pre-hypertensive or hypertensive to help them achieve better treatment outcomes.


Anonymous,  February 19, 2013 at 7:09 AM  

Now if only people will use it, instead of coming into the ER to get their blood pressure taken.

Anonymous,  February 19, 2013 at 7:29 AM  

I really don't want anyone else besides my doctor keeping a record of my blood pressure readings. I will not be using these machines.

Anonymous,  February 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM  

The readings need to be done properly--done on bare arms(not over a sweater, jacket, etc.), not when the person is stressed out mentally or physically, not when they are talking with someone in person or on their cell phone. Any of these things will give them a reading which will be higher than if these conditions were not present.

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