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Million Hearts® Risk Check Challenge

About the Challenge

In 2012, Million Hearts® invited developers to create a mobile app to help consumers improve their heart health. Applicants were challenged to develop apps that would 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 providers to develop a plan to improve their health:

Winning App will be Featured in Local Pilot Campaigns

Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tulsa are incorporating the winning app into local educational campaigns. The pilot campaigns will encourage people to get blood pressure and cholesterol checks, better understand their risk for heart attack and stroke, and work with their health care providers to improve their heart health. All five campaigns are slated to launch in February 2013.

Learn More About the Five Campaigns

The "Know Your Number, Know Your Risk, Know Your Heart" campaign, led by the Baltimore City Health Department, will promote heart health, one of the Healthy Baltimore 2015 policy agenda priorities. The campaign will focus on promoting blood pressure control, lifestyle changes, and connecting high risk individuals to care. For more information please visit, or Email

The Chicago Department of Public Health is dedicated to transforming the cardiovascular health of Chicago through prevention, detection, reduction and by utilizing innovative approaches like the winning app selected in the Million Hearts® Risk Check Challenge.The campaign, which includes a series of events to demonstrate the app, connect Chicagoans with screening for blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and educate them about lifestyle changes to improve heart health. For more information please visit

Philadelphia’s Heart Risk Check campaign, led by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will build upon the successful efforts of the Department’s Get Healthy Philly initiative and also add new outreach and activities through its Office of Health Information and Improvement. The campaign will focus on disseminating heart-healthy messages through partnerships with community-based organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. For more information please visit

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The San Diego campaign will use the app to raise awareness throughout this diverse region, while cross-promoting free Valentine’s Day heart health screenings sponsored by County of San Diego and its partners. The campaign will build upon the County’s 10-year regional wellness initiative, “Live Well, San Diego!”  Email for more information.

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The Tulsa Heart Risk Challenge campaign is collaboration between MyHealth and the city’s community leaders to create a three-tiered approach encouraging public participation, including schools, in blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Email for more information or visit Tulsa Risk Check Challenge Advocate Pledge.

About the Winning App

Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), a division of Marshfield Clinic, was founded in 1959. It is the largest private medical research institute in Wisconsin. MCRF consists of research centers in clinical research, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics, and biomedical informatics. Marshfield Clinic investigators publish extensively in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals addressing a wide range of diseases and other health issues, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, eye disease, neurological disease, pediatrics, radiology, women's health, agricultural safety and genetics.

Established in 1916, Marshfield Clinic is one of the largest private, multispecialty group practices in the United States. With 770-plus physicians in more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties located in more than 50 locations throughout northern, central and western Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic serves a large part of Wisconsin and much of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Marshfield Clinic has leveraged information technology to transform health care for 40 years. The Clinic's regional centers are fully electronic, paperless, and linked by semantically integrated information systems.

Download Heart Health Mobile free of charge at For more information about the announcement, visit

About the Risk Check Challenge Partners

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordinating nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The position of National Coordinator was created in 2004, through an executive order and then legislatively mandated in 2009 in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). The Investing in Innovation (i2) program uses prizes and challenges to facilitate innovation and obtain solutions to intractable health IT problems. Aligned with the administration’s innovation agenda, i2 is the first federal program to operate under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2011. For details see For more information about ONC, visit

Archimedes Inc.’s IndiGO (Individualized Guidelines and Outcomes) is a decision support tool that analyzes person-specific health information provided by the individual or drawn from an electronic health record. Using equations derived from and validated against, national datasets and clinical trials and incorporating clinical evidence related to diseases, behaviors, risk factors, and interventions, IndiGO generates results in a graphical representation of an individual’s risk of diseases and the effects of interventions to reduce those risks. IndiGO can be used at the point-of-care, involving the patient in the decision making process and improving collaboration between patient and provider. IndiGO was developed by healthcare modeling organization Archimedes, Inc. The Archimedes Model is a large-scale, clinically realistic, mathematical model of health and healthcare that is continually validated by comparing the results of model to outcomes seen in real multi-national clinical trials and epidemiological studies. This is the first time that IndiGO has been adapted to the API format for use by consumers. For more information about Archimedes, Inc., visit

The Surescripts network supports the most comprehensive ecosystem of healthcare organizations nationwide. Pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals, health information exchanges and health technology firms rely on Surescripts to more easily and securely share health information. Guided by the principles of neutrality, transparency, physician and patient choice, open standards, collaboration and privacy, Surescripts operates the nation's largest health information network. By providing information for routine, recurring and emergency care, Surescripts is committed to saving lives, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of health care for all. Heart Health Mobile uses Surescripts technology and connectivity to provide health assessments that enable individual consumers to find participating pharmacy locations offering blood pressure and cholesterol screening. For more information about Surescripts visit

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