The initiative focuses on “Remembering your ABCS”:A — Appropriate Aspirin Therapy B — Blood Pressure Control C — Cholesterol Management S — Smoking Cessation
The Valentine’s Day Launch of the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge App
To better help patients understand their risk of heart disease, on February 14, Million Hearts announced the winner of the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge to help people prevent heart disease.
The app, Heart Health Mobile, created by the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation as part of a national competition, provides information about a person’s risk for heart disease based on answers to questions about their health.
ONC’s Support of Million Hearts
In 2012, ONC launched the Meaningful Use of Meaninguful Use (or MU²) challenge , which identified states, communities, and providers that were embarking upon quality improvement initiatives, such as Million Hearts, with Meaningful Use of health IT as the driver. Through these submissions, ONC had an opportunity to better understand how communities across the country were using health information technology to improve delivery of care and develop standardized practices for cholesterol management, aspirin intake, blood pressure control, and smoking cessation.
ONC-funded programs are helping health care providers utilize clinical decision support tools and care management functions to interpret patient data and coordinate care for the populations they serve, thereby providing higher quality health care:
In addition, there are numerous healthcare organizations across the United States helping to improve care delivery for patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. For example, as the largest healthcare provider organization in Washington, DC and Maryland, Medstar’s partnership with the Million Hearts Campaign is improving cardiovascular outcomes for a large number of patients in this metropolitan area. Medstar is committed to ensuring that every adult patient seen by a Medstar primary care doctor will have their ABCS assessed over the course of a series of visits. Furthermore, every adult patient’s end-of-visit clinical summary includes their ABCS report card which empowers patients to have conversations with their care providers regarding their cardiac risk factors. Medstar has also set an exciting goal of increasing blood pressure and lipid management to 65% of all their patients by the end of the calendar year.
What are you doing to keep one million hearts beating strong? Share Your Story With ONC!
Although American Heart Month has ended, Million Hearts continues to beat on! Together, we can achieve this ambitious goal and find more ways through Health IT to live longer, healthier lives.
If you are a health care provider or patient, we want to know how you have used health IT to support improvements in patient care! Please tell us your story at: http://www.healthit.gov/tell-your-story or visit the Blue Button Pledge Program .