Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Shows Promising Results for Diabetes; High Blood Pressure

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By : Suvarna Sheth

Livongo announced promising results of remote, hypertension solution used in conjunction with a live health coach.

The company announced people with both diabetes and uncontrolled high blood pressure who used the Livongo for Hypertension solution saw significant declines in their blood pressure within six weeks.

The Livongo for Hypertension solution includes a smartphone app that enables participants to monitor their blood pressure remotely, tips on healthful living, and the opportunity to connect with a health coach.

The research findings will be presented on March 18, 2019, at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 68th Annual Scientific Session being held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in three adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and it’s estimated that only about 54 percent of them have the condition under control.

Every year, hypertension contributes to $131 billion in health-care expenditures.

Today, people with hypertension are offered little guidance outside of the time they spend in a doctor’s office. Without continued support, many people with high blood pressure do not understand how behavioral and lifestyle changes affect their blood pressure.

“By giving our members the opportunity to monitor their blood pressure readings at home and offering personalized insights and coaching to help them better understand their health, together we were able to drive meaningful behavior change that led to significant clinical outcomes at six weeks without the use of medication,” said Dr. Bimal R. Shah, chief medical officer of Livongo.

“This study effectively shows that by giving health consumers the tools they need to better manage their health, we can empower them to live healthier lives,” he added.

What are the Study Details?

Study participants, who had starting blood pressure higher than 130/80 mm HG, saw their systolic blood pressure (the top number of a blood pressure reading) decline by an average of 11.2 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure (the bottom number of a blood pressure reading) decline by 5.2mm Hg on average at six weeks.

By better managing their blood pressure, participants reduced their risk for complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease.

The 708 study participants had an average age of 54 years and 53 percent of them were women. At study entry, all of them lived with diabetes and 63 percent had blood pressure higher than 130/80 mm Hg, the threshold for a diagnosis of stage 1 high blood pressure according to the revised guideline issued in 2017 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

A subgroup (28.7 percent) had blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg, the threshold for stage 2 high blood pressure in the ACC/AHA guideline.

All participants received a blood pressure monitor and cuff that connected wirelessly with Livongo’s smartphone app. Participants measured their blood pressure an average of four times a week and when they had their smartphones nearby, the readings were automatically transmitted to Livongo’s Applied Health Signals platform.

After each reading, participants could open the app to review their results and get tips on managing their blood pressure by quitting smoking, following a healthy eating pattern, getting more physical activity, and reducing their weight.

The Livongo app also enabled participants to compare their blood-pressure readings over time, schedule a call with a Livongo health coach, and share their results with family members, friends, or healthcare providers.

Livongo recently announced that it will leverage Amazon Lex and Amazon Polly to power its voice-enabled cellular blood pressure monitoring system.

The Livongo for Hypertension voice experience provides Livongo Members the ability to easily interact with Livongo via the most natural and personalized communication channel – their voice.

This new feature adds to Livongo’s proven solution and enables a new way to deliver actionable, personalized, and timely health signals that drive behavior change and positive clinical outcomes.



  1. Livongo Announces Promising Results of Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Using Connected Cuff and Coaching. (2019, March 15). PR Newswire. Retrieved: