Health is fundamental to human development, and healthy people are critical to sustaining societies. Starting with hypertension as the most impactful Non Communicable Disease (NCD) , if we are to ever realize the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically related to goal 3- Good Health and Well-Being, we will need a “no potential resource left behind” integrated approach that extends well beyond the status quo.Specifically
About one third of adults in most communities in the developed and developing world have hypertension.
Hypertension is the most common chronic condition dealt with by primary care physicians and other health practitioners.
The success of treating hypertension has been limited, and despite well-established approaches to diagnosis and treatment, in many communities fewer than half of all hypertensive patients have adequately controlled blood pressure.
The World Hypertension Action Group (WHAG) specific promise is that of bringing together a group of knowledgeable and dedicated individuals and organizations who are able to effectively and efficiently bridge the gap between knowledge and action. The WHAG philosophy is that of being at the state of the art level of knowledge, but not limited by existing large scale international hypertension programmatic conventional wisdom. The WHAG purpose is to focus on inter-connectivity in novel cross-linkages in order to develop model programs that are both scalable and sustainable.
The Whag Site in collaboration with WHL, Colleagues in Care, IBM and the UN ICT4SIDS and Infopoevrty Initiatives - is intended to support a large number of Hypertension Clinics (hubs) by using a Telemedicine model. Figure1 shows a conceptual view of the Whag Site – a set of Telemedicine Clinics (Clients) that may be located at rural, regional, and national levels around the globe to serve the remotely located patients. The World Hypertension Hub at the Whag HQ provides the following capabilities:
A Global Hypertension Database that will focus on the developing countries and underserved populations (our goal is to capture 10 million blood pressure entries).
Advising services by hypertension specialists, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who diagnose the hypertension illness and advise the patients.
Reporting and Business Intelligence services by analysts who will use decision support and business intelligence tools for visualization of the patient data stored on the Global Hypertension Database.
Education and Training Services for educating nurses, patients and other healthcare students.
Research Investigations on a wide range of topics that span medical and business issues of value to underserved populations.
Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities between different players (POCs, medical professionals, NGOs, educational institutions, data scientists, and medical researchers) involved in the World Hypertension Action Group (Whag).
Figure1: Conceptual View of Whag Site and Telemedicine Center
John G. Kenerson, MD. Director of Whag and Colleagues In Care