Patients using home monitoring were 50% more likely to have their blood pressure in control. “Use of at-home blood pressure monitoring device that uploaded data to patient’s account in Microsoft HealthVault and web-based reporting tools connect clinicians and patients via Internet appears to significantly improve patients’ ability to manage their high blood pressure to healthy levels,” according to research from Kaiser Permanente Colorado with American Heart Association and Microsoft. “Study involved 348 patients with uncontrolled hypertension, ages 18-85 years. In begining, average systolic blood pressure was 149 mm Hg in home monitoring group and 145 mm Hg in usual care group. At six months, patients in home monitoring group were 50% more likely to have their blood pressure controlled to healthy levels compared to usual care group. Similarly, a significantly greater decrease in systolic blood pressure at six months occurred in home monitoring group (-21 mm Hg) versus usual care group (-9 mm Hg),” writes Microsoft.