By Andrea K. Walker
6:12 PM EDT, July 27, 2012
Baltimore city is looking for someone to develop a mobile app that helps people reduce their risk of heart disease.
The city is one of four chosen by the theU.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesto take part in a contest dubbed The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge that includes creation of the app.
The app should help consumers take a heart health risk assessment and find places to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. It will then provide a way for patients to use the results to work with a doctor to develop a plan to improve their heart health.
The app will be part of a broader education effort in support of the Million Hearts that aims to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes through clinical and community prevention.
The four cities, which also include Chicago, San Diego, and Tulsa, will launch a national educational campaign encouraging more people to get cholesterol and blood pressure screenings and better understand their risk for heart attack and stroke.
Pharmacies and retail clinics have agreed to provide free or low-cost screenings during the first three months of the campaign.
The winner of the app contest will receve $100,000 and up to five finalists will receive $5,000 each. Winners will be announced in December. For more information on the app contest: http://challenge.gov/ONC/398-the-million-hearts-risk-check-challenge.
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