Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, a division of Marshfield Clinic, announced today that its first completed mobile app has won a national competition that challenged competitors to develop a program that will help improve heart health in the U.S.
The app, Heart Health Mobile, was developed for the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, organized by the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in partnership with Million Hearts. The competition aimed to find an application, or app, that supports Million Hearts' initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
For winning the competition, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation will receive $100,000 that will support the app's development and future versions.
"Our goal with Heart Health Mobile was to develop an app that can help people live healthier lives," said Dr. Simon Lin , app project leader and director of the Biomedical Informatics Research Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation. "The app gives people a fun, interactive tool that lets them track key risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, while monitoring improvement."
With an easy-to-use design, Heart Health Mobile tracks users' heart disease and stroke risk factors. Users enter statistics such as height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. They then answer questions such as: "Do you smoke?" and "Do you have diabetes?"
Heart Health Mobile currently works on Apple iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices. The app is available in the Apple app store. Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in early March will release a web-based (HTML5) version that works on other devices. The web-based and iOS versions, along with other Heart Health Mobile information, will be available at www.hearthealthmobile.com.
The app also offers educational information about heart disease and allows users to find nearby locations for cholesterol and blood-pressure screening in areas with participating pharmacies. A feature that tracks users' histories allows people to easily monitor progress.
To keep people interested in using the app, developers created a version that incorporates achievements and a mini-game designed to make tracking risk factors more entertaining for people as they work to improve their health. Heart Health Mobile also incorporates Facebook and Twitter.