Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —An­dis Robeznieks

It used to be that prevent­ing heart disease was no game. But now, not only can it be a game, but also that game is part of an award-win­ning mo­bile tele­phone ap­pli­ca­tion. Heart Health Mo­bile, devel­oped by the Marsh­field Clinic’s Re­search Foun­da­tion, was named win­ner of the Mil­lion Hearts Risk Check Chal­lenge, a com­pe­ti­tion launched in July by the Of­fice of the Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. The app eval­u­ates a per­son’s risk for heart disease based on an­swers to ques­tions on weight, blood pres­sure, di­a­betes, smok­ing and other fac­tors. It also pro­vides lo­ca­tions for choles­terol and blood-pres­sure screen­ings. Peo­ple also can track their weight, blood pres­sure and choles­terol lev­els us­ing the app and par­tic­i­pate in a game where points are awarded for reach­ing health tar­gets. “Our goal with Heart Health Mo­bile was to de­velop an app that can help peo­ple live health­ier lives,” Dr. Simon Lin, app project leader and di­rec­tor of the Re­search Foun­da­tion’s Bio­med­i­cal In­for­mat­ics Re­search Cen­ter, said in a news re­lease. “The app gives peo­ple a fun, in­ter­ac­tive tool that lets them track key risk fac­tors for heart at­tacks and strokes, while mon­i­tor­ing im­prove­ment.” The foun­da­tion will re­ceive $100,000, which will be used for sup­port­ing devel­op­ment of the app that is cur­rently avail­able for free at the on­line Ap­ple App Store. A Web-based ver­sion will be re­leased early next month that can be used on other de­vices, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Other spon­sors in­cluded the Sure­scripts elec­tronic pre­scrib­ing net­work, HHS’ Mil­lion Hearts ini­tia­tive and Archimedes, a San Fran­cisco-based provider of hu­man phys­i­ol­ogy sim­u­la­tion model soft­ware. “The Marsh­field Clinic Re­search Foun­da­tion has cre­ated an app to give peo­ple easy ac­cess to some of the most ad­vanced health­care an­a­lyt­ics avail­able to learn the fac­tors that put them at risk for heart at­tacks and how to pre­vent them,” Dr. Farzad Mostashari, HHS’ na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health IT, said in a news re­lease. “Peo­ple can now get in­for­ma­tion about their risk and share what they know with their doc­tor to bet­ter man­age their heart health.” The Marsh­field Clinic has a long his­tory of be­ing ahead of the field with in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. Its Cat­tail­sMD elec­tronic health record was the first “home-grown” EHR prod­uct to be cer­ti­fied by the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

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