The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is part of Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. Co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Million Hearts brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies including ONC, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. This HIMSS Ask the Expert article is being published in May which is National Stroke Awareness Month and High Blood Pressure Education Month. In case you have not yet seen it, we strongly recommend that you read the Cardiovascular Care High Performers report, that was issued in support of Million Hearts, which highlights health plans and physician practices nationwide that have achieved excellent results in cardiovascular care, including high rates of hypertension control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.
- Million Hearts Blood Pressure Protocols – Hilary Wall, MPH
- Phase 1 winner: Green Spring Internal Medicine – Holly Dahlman, MD, FACP
- Phase 1 winner: Vibrant Health Family Clinics – Christopher Tashjian, MD, Mary Boles, LPN, Rosanne Matzek, Care Coordinator
- Challenge Phase 2 – Adam Wong, MPP