Study: EMRs could help diagnose high blood pressure in children

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the growing problem of hypertension in children and adolescents linked to childhood obesity, suggested that electronic medical record (EMR) systems could help to diagnose high blood pressure.

The investigation took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where the researchers examined 14,000 young people ages three to 18, where they found 507 cases of hypertension. Nearly three quarters of the at-risk group, or 376 cases, had not been diagnosed even with a minimum of three previous medical checkups.

The researchers found that an estimated 3.6 percent of the children had high blood pressure.

According to the study, EMRs could better track the health statistics of these at-risk children because EMRs can potentially be configured to "review current and prior blood pressures, ages, heights, and sex to determine if abnormal blood pressure criteria had been met,” the researchers wrote.