Farzad Mostashari, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, named the winners of a federal search for developers of innovative applications used to improve heart health across America. The awards were announced March 25th at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Conference in Chicago.
First prize winner THUMPr is a web-based app that creates personal heart health profiles and generates unique recommendations for heart healthy actions using the Million Hearts ABCS framework (aspirin, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking cessation) and are paired with actionable steps for the user. The platform features multi-lingual support and was developed using the Drupal framework and data sets from the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, Google Maps and Facebook Connect. Developed by Jared Schwartz, Luke Peterson and Anthony Veach, THUMPr wins $50K for first prize.
Second place ($20K) went to mHealthCoach, which incorporates 11 unique data feeds, supports social media integration, peet communities and fitness groups. The app, which previously won the Walgreens Health Guide Challenge, teaches users about cardiovascular health by visually representing positive activities such as exercise, low fat intake and low sodium diets and negative activities such as the intake of fatty foods. Developed by Aamir Ghaffar, the application also provides reminders about physical activity and appointments and allows individuals to track their weight, diet and smoking habits.
Third place ($5K) went to Wellframe, which focuses on patient engagement, evidence-based information and resources, targeted and actionable information and ease of usability. The application also provides heart disease risk assessment, social comparisons, preventive care alerts and educational resources. Individuals can share information with doctors electronically, using Direct, and by simple email and print of personalized reports. The application was developed by Trishan Panch, Archit Bhise, Vinnie Ramesh, and Jacob Sattelmair.
“The One in a Million Hearts Challenge not only spreads awareness of a critical issue, it was one of the first to involve preventive care,” said Wil Yu, special assistant for innovations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). “While we seek to improve treatment as a part of reducing the number of deaths from heart attacks and strokes, it is just as important that we create an educated patient population capable of engaging in their own health, leveraging the power of health IT, making more informed decisions, and choosing healthier lifestyles.”