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Application Developers Wanted

July 30, 2012

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in a recent blog post on HealthIT.gov asked whether we really can prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years?

A good question.

However, with the dawn of the Million Hearts initiative, a public-private effort is designed to do just that by implementing proven, effective and inexpensive interventions. “It’s doable only because so many individuals at high risk for heart attacks and strokes are not being adequately treated, and in many cases, are not in treatment at all,” Dr. Mostashari said. “Only 47 percent of people at high risk are on aspirin; less than half of those with high blood pressure or cholesterol have it well controlled; and about one fourth are unaware of their condition.”

The ONC and Million Hearts announced an initiative, the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, to help people calculate their risk of having a heart attack or stroke and take steps to change their odds. Through the new initiative, ONC is challenging application developers to create new tools for engaging and informing consumers that could be used in pilot cities and disseminated nationwide.

 

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