Scripps Wired for Health Study

Trial ID:
IRB-12-6019
Eric Topol
People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiac (heart) arrhythmias tend to go to the doctor more often and have more tests done than those without those diseases. This can lead to increasing costs of healthcare and extra visits to doctors and healthcare facilities. There are now medical devices that can be used at home to monitor blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rhythms as well as other measurements. There have been some studies which show that when people take their own health readings, they are better able to control their disease, stay healthier and go to the doctor less often. In order to participate in the study participants will have been diagnosed with 1 or more of the following: Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiac Arrhythmias. This study is designed to test those devices and see if they can help participants stay healthier through the recording and tracking of health measurements. Investigators will also be testing how easy it is to use these devices and whether or how easy it is to fit them in their daily schedule. Participants will be given an iPhone for use during the study and their recordings will be stored and displayed on the phone.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Scripps Health insured employee or adult family member
  • 2. Internet access and e-mail
  • 3. Provide permission for study staff to access medical records
  • 4. Participating in Health Comp Disease Management program or willingness to join
  • 5. English speaking
  • 6. Within the past 12 months, a history of billing insurance for diagnostic codes consistent with diabetes, hypertension, and/or cardiac arrhythmia
  • 7. 18 years and older
  • 8. Willingness to use wireless devices and study iPhone

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Employee of Scripps Clinic Medical Group
  • 2. Related to or household sharing with another study participant (if there are two people or more in one household that are eligible, the member that has the highest utilization will be invited to join first)
  • 3. Unwilling or unable to grant informed consent
  • 4. Pregnancy

Contact Info:

  • Judith Sheard, MPH, MA
  • sheard.judith@scrippshealth.org
  • 858-554-5741