ONC Challenge Seeks EHR Tools for Controlling Hypertension

July 8, 2014 in News

On Monday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched a competition to find the best electronic health record tools designed to reduce high blood pressure, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 7/8).

The competition, called the “EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge,”  is part of the Million Hearts Initiative, which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 7/7).

Details of Competition

The first phase of the competition will run from July 7 through Oct. 6. During the first phase, participating physician practices will:

  • Document the clinical decision support tools they use to implement an evidence-based blood pressure control protocol; and
  • Detail the process and results of implementing such tools.

In the first phase, up to four winners will be awarded $5,000. In addition, participants whose tools and processes are selected for the second phase will receive non-monetary recognition.

The second phase of the competition runs from Oct. 28 to July 31, 2015. During the second phase, participants will conduct, evaluate and report on dissemination strategies for tools selected during the first phase of the competition. Participants will focus primarily on encouraging the widespread and effective use of the tools in other practices.

The second phase of the competition will have one winner, who will receive a $30,000 prize and other non-monetary awards (Health Data Management, 7/8).

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said that the competition will help find and expand “the best examples” of how providers use clinical decision support tools to treat and control hypertension (HHS release, 7/7).

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