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By David Stegon
July 30, 2012 5:10 AM
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology launched a new mobile app challenge to help consumers reduce their risk for heart disease, the agency announced.
The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge invites developers to create a mobile app that will help consumers take a heart health risk assessment, find places to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and use the results to work with their health care professional to develop a plan to improve their heart health.
The new app will be part of a broader education effort in support of the Million Hearts initiative, a public-private effort of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes through clinical and community prevention.
“This new challenge and the supporting consumer education campaign are examples of how new consumer health information technology, using information, data and electronic tools that many health care systems and physicians are already using, can help individuals better manage their health and working closely with their care providers,” said Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for health information technology, speaking at the Tulsa Beacon Community’s Annual Provider Summit.