ONC releases EHR guides to improve cardiovascular health

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published new guides to help providers use their electronic health records to identify patients at risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. The guides, called Million Hearts EHR Optimization Guides, provide step-by-step information enabling clinicians to use their EHRs to find and act on data related to cardiovascular health, such as blood pressure control, smoking cessation and cholesterol management.

Million Hearts is a national campaign to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. In a blog post announcing the guides, Thomas Mason, M.D., ONC's chief medical officer, also encourages vendors and others to help the agency create additional guides. Blog post