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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“A growing number of public and private practices and systems are using evidence-based strategies to detect, connect and control high blood pressure,” said Janet S. Wright, M.D., executive director of Million Hearts. “This challenge is a way to find and celebrate these high performers and help others replicate their success. By excelling in hypertension control, champions are helping prevent events and improving heart health across the country.”

Up to 35 Champions will be recognized by CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., in three categories: small individual providers or practices (500–49,999 covered lives); large providers or practices (50,000 or more covered lives); and health systems. No cash prize will be awarded this year.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is before midnight on Oct. 31, 2015.  Additional information about the Million Hearts Hypertension Challenge can be found here.

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