The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge

Launching an app challenge to promote heart health.

Executive Summary

The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge asked developers to create a new consumer app that informs consumers of their general heart risk, motivates them to obtain a more accurate risk assessment by entering their blood pressure and cholesterol values, and directs them to nearby community pharmacies (and other locations) offering affordable and convenient blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.  Consumers could also use the results to work with their health care professional to develop a plan to improve their heart health as part of the public-private Million Hearts initiative.

Participating developers had access to two sources of content that should markedly shape the development of the app:

  1. A new Application Programming Interface (API) for conducting the quick health risk assessment over a consumer-facing interface, hosted by Archimedes and built using their Indigo product.
  2. Locations (and specific descriptors) of places where individuals can go for a lipid and blood pressure screening, made available through flat files from Million Hearts and a new API hosted by Surescripts.

The Innovator-in-Residence worked with the Office of the National Coordinator, Surescripts and others to launch and manage the challenge. First place went to the Health Health Mobile app by Marshfield Clinic.

A project supported by the: HHS Innovator-in-Residence Program

Team Members

Pierce Graham-Jones


May 2011: Innovator-in-Residence Project begins
June 2013: Innovator-in-Residence Project is completed

Project Sponsor

West Health Institute

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