Patented blood pressure screening technology reduces hypertension risks for 50 million afflicted Americans

Sparks 07 May 2003Hypertensive Americans can now significantly reduce risk of heart attack, stroke, arteriosclerosis, and kidney failure with Computerized Screening Inc.'s (CSI) free patented blood pressure screening technology. In response to the National Hypertension Month, the visionary pioneers in the field of preventive health screening technology have raised awareness and facilitated easier disease management by providing consumers with superior monitoring technology.

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Three thousand nationwide locations are now equipped with CSI's Health Station, a self-screen method for high blood pressure, and the industry standard for pro-active health and fitness management. "Lack of quality monitoring systems contributes to the death of 24.000 hypertensive Americans annually", stated Charles Bluth, Founder and CEO of CSI. "The CSI Health Station provides user-friendly, highly accurate blood pressure readings, substantially increasing consumer monitoring convenience. The result is heightened awareness regarding the dangers of hypertension, and a reduction in the number of related deaths and complications", continued Charles Bluth.

Blood pressure monitoring with CSI's Health Station has proven its life-saving ability. At a Port Charlotte, Florida Publix Pharmacy, Mrs. Margaret Berhmann and her husband used the Health Station for a routine blood pressure examination. Mr. Berhmann was alerted to a critical problem, prompting him to visit a hospital emergency room. An 8,9 cm aneurysm was discovered in his abdomen. The timely, accurate Health Station alert and immediate medical treatment directly contributed to saving his life.

CSI Health Stations are located in more than 3000 retail locations around the nation, including Dillons, Longs, Meijer, Publix, Price Chopper, Raley's, Randalls, Safeway, and Save Mart. In addition, CSI has established relationships with hundreds of corporations around the country, including many Fortune 500 companies. CSI corporate clients include Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, American Honda, Anheuser-Busch, Apple Computer Inc., Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Maniilaq Association, Maxwell House, Becton Dickinson, Pharmacia, Astra-Zeneca, Dupont, Kaiser Permanente, Raytheon, and the U.S. Government.

CSI technology is non-invasive and fully automated, and includes telemedicine capabilities. This innovation allows users to communicate immediately with health care providers and to simultaneously transfer screening test results and information to health care providers, insuring rapid response and treatment. Health Stations also incorporate a Personal Medical Record feature, affording consumers the opportunity to compile data, store test results, and review prescription histories, physician office visits, and hospitalisations, via the Internet and at any Health Station.

"The CSI Health Station is a valuable tool for identifying a wide range of medical problems and preventing serious health risks", stated Dr. Aaron Shirley, MD and Medical Advisor to CSI. "It's important for both businesses and consumers to utilise this resource as a method of thorough and efficient health maintenance."

Patented in 2001, CSI's proprietary monitoring technology uses all three accepted, non-invasive measurement techniques which are auscultatory (sound), oscillometric (pressure), and pattern identification, based on a 10 year MIT study. The system analyses 6500 samples to determine a single blood pressure result. Additional benefits of CSI's Health Station include a weight assessment tool, wheelchair accessibility, a complete drug encyclopedia, and interactive health record management. Heart rate testing, fitness evaluations, and body mass index determinations are also available.

Computerized Screening Inc. is a privately held medical device manufacturer, health care technology, and marketing and information company. The centerpiece of CSI's health complement is the CSI Health Station, a one-stop health information and screening technology that features four patents. Included in these is a patent for the most accurate, non-invasive automated blood pressure measurement device in existence today.

CSI was founded in 1978, with a mission to offer affordable, accurate blood pressure and heart rate testing in non-clinical settings. One billion tests have been performed in CSI's twenty-five years, and CSI is achieving its founding corporate mission to provide individuals with access to accurate, affordable health assessment tools and information that encourage wellness and disease prevention. More details on CSI can be found in the VMW October 2002 article Computerized Screening participates in Mississippi telehealth project for uninsured patient monitoring.


Leslie Versweyveld

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