Hypertension is by far the largest risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney diseases. Over 1.5 billion people suffer from hypertension worldwide and the WHO has identified hypertension as the top cause of CVD related deaths. Yet awareness about hypertension is very poor among the public. Nearly 50% of Canadians who are hypertensive are not aware of their condition. To help raise awareness and to assist patients who are monitoring their high blood pressure we have upgraded our in-pharmacy blood pressure monitor to the PharmaSmart PS-2000 with Smart Card technology.
How does the Smart Card work?
The PharmaSmart blood pressure Smart Card includes a memory chip, which means it “remembers” your previous blood pressure readings. This allows you to track your blood pressure readings over time. The information on your smart card is private and confidential. Ask your pharmacist about obtaining your personal blood pressure Smart Card.
What do I need to know about the Blood Pressure Kiosk?
The PharmaSmart PS-2000 kiosk allows you to reliably track your blood pressure over time. If you use a personal Smart Card, the Kiosk will print out the average of your last 10 blood pressure and pulse readings, along with the date of each reading. It will also provide an average of your most recent 10 readings. This printed report can be shared with loved ones or your health care providers to help better manage your health.
What is the on-line Blood Pressure Tracker™?
PharmaSmart’s Blood Pressure Tracker™ web portal allows you to access all of your Smart Card readings on-line. It also makes it easy for you to share your personal Blood Pressure Tracker™ page with your family members or healthcare provider. Like the PharmaSmart kiosk and the Smart Card, the Blood Pressure Tracker™ portal is easy to use, and 100% confidential.
We encourage you to come in and purchase your smart card, which also gives you access to the Blood Pressure Tracker, the online blood pressure tracking program. With the unique identifier that is coded into the card’s chip and also imprinted on the back of your card, all the data recorded is 100% confidential. The card will automatically record and store up to 30 blood pressure readings, but the unique access code will give you entry to the web based program where you will be able to view and analyze your readings in ways that will make tracking your blood pressure much more informative.
Recording and analyzing your blood pressure is just the start. Sharing the information with your healthcare practitioners – your physician, your pharmacist – empowers everyone to improve your care, to achieve positive health outcomes. That is what it’s all about!
ALREADY HAVE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE TRACKER SMART CARD?
For those who have purchased a PharmaSmart Card, you can go to the PharmaSmart website and review your readings at any time. All you need is your Smart Card, and your birth date to access your information. On the back of the card will be a number imprinted that looks something like: GEN AAC KCT 25
Simply click on the PharmaSmart Blood Pressure Tracker Website – and follow the instructions displayed on that page.