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HHS Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension Through Health I.T.

July 8, 2014
by John DeGaspari
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ONC and Million Hearts challenge looks to develop new clinical decision support tools

In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology (health IT) like electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched a challenge asking health care professionals and other caregivers to submit the tools they use to improve patient care.

The EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), is part of Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

“Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and there are many health-care providers who employ clinical decision support tools, like standardized treatment approaches or protocols to control hypertension among their patients. This challenge helps us find the best examples of those efforts and scale them up,” said Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, national coordinator for health information technology.

Evidence-based treatment protocols provide a playbook for providers to guide their selection of effective therapies for blood pressure control, contributing to better health, better health care and lower costs for patients, according to HHS. The deadline for submissions is October 6 and winners will be announced on October 28.




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