The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday announced the 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through clinical approaches such as using health information technology.

Developed by the CDC, the challenge is “designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes,” recognizing these “Champions” for their “exemplary public and private practices and providers that achieve sustained hypertension control rates of 70 percent or above.” Applicants must share verifiable high blood pressure control data and describe how use of health IT contributed to their success.

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