The ability of patients and providers to share blood pressure data through electronic health records is helping to track progress for Million Hearts, an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by controlling the blood pressure of 10 million Americans.

According to new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) data from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, one-third (36 percent) of reporting providers met the Million Hearts clinical target of 70 percent or more of their patients with hypertension under control. In addition, among providers that started in 2011— the very first year of the EHR Incentive Program—the average proportion of patients with hypertension in control remained unchanged at 62-63 percent during 2011-2013.

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