4th December 2023: Aide Health, the health-tech startup that helps patients and clinicians better manage and understand long-term health conditions, has added hypertension to its multi-morbidity management platform.
The launch follows the successful rollout of pathways for type 2 diabetes and asthma. The digital platform, currently in use in Primary Care Networks across the UK, has led to 75% medicine adherence rates in its users and 80% retention after 30 days.
Aide will now support patients living with hypertension by helping them track their blood pressure, identify any challenges and concerns with their medicines and improve their knowledge of the condition. Insights generated from the patient app will also help facilitate shared decision-making with their clinician.
The expansion into hypertension is a natural step as the condition has a high prevalence amongst those with type 2 diabetes, with approximately 70% of all patients with diabetes also living with hypertension.
Over five million people in England alone live with undiagnosed hypertension. Often referred to as the ‘silent killer’, hypertension for most people is entirely asymptomatic. This leads to significant challenges for healthcare systems. The condition is responsible for 12% of all GP visits in England, and costs the NHS over £2 billion every year.
Available from December, the hypertension pathway will also be rolled out in early 2024 across Primary Care Networks that are already partnered with Aide. Having worked with the British Heart Foundation’s Heart Voices group, a community where patients share their experiences of living with heart and circulatory diseases, to form part of the patient testing panel, Aide is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of people living with comorbidity.
Ian Wharton, founder and CEO of Aide Health, said: “We are working hard to build a single platform that can support patients with the ten most common long-term conditions. Adding hypertension is a major milestone in this journey. It’s a complex, hard-to-manage condition and we hope our platform will help patients feel more empowered while reducing pressure on the primary care workforce.”
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About Aide Health
Launched in 2021, Aide Health is a digital health service that helps patients and their clinicians better understand and manage long-term conditions. The service connects a browser-based tool for the clinician (enabling the creation and remote monitoring of Health Plans for people with chronic disease) with a mobile app for the patient, which serves as a 24/7 companion through prescribed care.