Climate could impact how you should be treated for high blood pressure
At higi, our goal is quite simply to make it easier to be your healthiest. We do that by empowering consumers to measure, track and act on their key biometric health data by providing free access to our 11,000 FDA-cleared self-screening stations across the nation, conveniently located in retail and pharmacy locations. To date, we have delivered over 271 million health screenings across our network, while engaging over 47 million individual users. In fact, 78% of the U.S. population lives within five miles of a higi station, making us the largest consumer-facing network in the nation.
But beyond engaging consumers in their health, higi is doing even more behind the scenes to further medical research and population health. Partnering with the Scripps Research Institute in California, higi contributed anonymous biometric data to a pivotal study focused on the inverse correlation between daily outdoor temperature and blood pressure in six U.S. cities. Scripps turned to higi because of our unique ability to capture near real-time patient information from outside the healthcare system, as people engage in their everyday lives, with an accurate, FDA-cleared device. And beyond supplying the data needed for the geographic scale and granularity of this study, higi provided the data warehousing, data analysis tools and data science muscle.
With our sheer volume of data, reaching an estimated one in seven Americans over the course of six years, Scripps and higi studied the relationship between mean outdoor temperature and mean daily blood pressure and heart rate with one of the largest and most climatically diverse populations ever. And the results are noteworthy – suggesting that temperature, and perhaps geography, should play a role in tailoring individualized evaluation and treatment for hypertension. The main finding of the study was that mean outdoor temperature was inversely correlated with both mean daily average systolic and diastolic blood pressures. This relationship was seen in all 6 cities we looked at. Temperature changes in warmer climates, such as Miami, showed a larger impact on blood pressure change when compared with colder and more variable cities like Chicago and Boise.
At higi, we are fiercely dedicated to our mission: helping consumers be their healthiest by connecting them to their trusted doctors and supporting health stakeholders, including insurance providers and public health entities, to better reach, know and manage their populations. Our biometric data, anonymously collected by those who opt-in, provides a unique exploratory window for advancing the understanding of human health and population risk. We are proud to work with our friends at Scripps, and will continue to forge this path forward in support of a healthier world.
Read more about the study here