HHS reveals heart health innovation winners

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Investing in Innovation (i2) program selected the winners of its "One in a Million Hearts Challenge" this week. The team that created a web-based application dubbed THUMPr, which enables users to create personal heart health profiles, took home the top prize of $50,000. The second place idea--mHealthCoach--incorporates 11 data feeds and supports social media integration, peer communities and fitness groups, and earned $20,000. "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 its own health, leveraging the power of health IT, making more informed decisions and choosing healthier lifestyles," Wil Yu, special assistant for innovations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said in a statement. Announcement

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