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Remote risk management programme effective and efficient

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Prof. Benjamin Scirica, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA
AHA 2020
A remote, algorithm-based programme to manage uncontrolled low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and/or blood pressure is an effective and efficient way to optimise guideline-directed therapy across large populations, without the need for in-person visits [1]. The study results were presented by Prof. Benjamin Scirica (Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA) and simultaneously published in Circulation [1,2]. Prof. Scirica explained that undertreatment of hypercholesterolaemia and hypertension remains a problem. Thus, a remotely delivered, algorithmically-driven disease management programme was designed and implemented. In this programme, navigators and pharmacists, supported by specialists, initiated and titrated medications. Between January 2018 and May 2020, a total of 5,000 patients were enrolled in the cholesterol and hypertension programmes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, enrolment increased by nearly a quarter. Among the 3,939 patients ...

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