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HHS Launches Challenge to Improve Hypertension Through Health IT

In an effort to help clinical practices use health information technology such as electronic health records (EHRs) to reduce high blood pressure, the Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new challenge asking health care professionals and other caregivers to submit innovative tools they use to improve patient care. The EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge, launched by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), is part of a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Through the challenge, ONC hopes to uncover the best examples of EHR use and expand them to further reduce hypertension. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 6; winners will be announced Oct. 28.