The Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today officially kicked off the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge to recognize clinical approaches using health information technology that dramatically improve blood pressure control.

The challenge, which begins Aug. 20 and ends Oct. 20, is an attempt to identify clinicians, clinical practices, and health systems that have exceptional rates of hypertension control. The goal of Million Hearts, a nationwide initiative aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, is to get the blood pressure of 10 million Americans under control through clinical approaches using health IT to its “fullest potential and integrating team-based approaches to care,” according to a Federal Register notice.

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