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Five Innovators Selected as Finalists in Challenge to Develop App to Improve Blood Pressure Control, Cholesterol Management

(Virtual Press Office) -- Sponsors of the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge have selected five finalists in the competition to develop an application to support the prevention of one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Surescripts CEO Harry Totonis will name the finalists at the annual mHealth Summit. Other sponsors of the challenge are the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Million Hearts initiative, and Archimedes, Inc., a health care modeling company. 

The announcement will take place on

December 3, 2012
11:45 a.m.  to Noon
Digital Media Pavilion at the mHealth Summit
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

The Million Hearts initiative is a national public-private collaboration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The annual mHealth summit spotlights efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technologies to transform healthcare delivery and research.

About Surescripts. The Surescripts network supports the most comprehensive ecosystem of health care organizations nationwide. Pharmacies, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians, hospitals, health information exchanges and health technology firms rely on Surescripts to more easily and securely share health information. Guided by the principles of neutrality, transparency, physician and patient choice, open standards, collaboration and privacy, Surescripts operates the nation's largest health information network. By providing information for routine, recurring and emergency care, Surescripts is committed to saving lives, improving efficiency and reducing the cost of health care for all. For more information, go to and follow us at

About Million Hearts. The Million Hearts initiative is a national public-private collaboration of HHS, co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With other public and private partners, the initiative is leveraging clinical and community prevention strategies to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Central to the goal is increasing the numbers of Americans who improve on the ABCS:

  • Aspirin as appropriate
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation

About ONC.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, part of the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is at the forefront of the administration's health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. 

About Archimedes.  Achimedes Inc. is a healthcare modeling organization. Its core technology - the Archimedes Model - is a clinically realistic, mathematical model of human physiology, diseases, interventions and healthcare systems. The Model is continually validated by comparing the results of simulated trials to the results of real multi-national clinical trials and cohort studies. Through innovations such as IndiGO and ARCHeS, Archimedes helps people understand the implications of their decisions. For the last 15 years, Archimedes has been relied upon to answer complex, real world questions for health plans, health systems, medical groups, patients, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and other organizations in the United States and Europe. Archimedes, a Kaiser Permanente Innovation, is based in San Francisco, California.

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