Monday, February 18, 2013
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.