February is a month to reflect on matters of the heart, including heart health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. About half of adults in the United States have at least one major CVD risk factor, and certain demographic groups face elevated risk.
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), a division of Marshfield Clinic (a HRSA primary health care and rural health grantee), is putting heart health at patients’ fingertips with a mobile app to identify and reduce CVD risk.
A multidisciplinary team at MCRF designed the Heart Health Mobile app to promote heart health among today’s mobile and digitally connected population.
MCRF developed Heart Health Mobile for the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts™ Campaign and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). For its development and support of the winning app, MCRF will receive an award of $100,000.
MCRF designed Heart Health Mobile to:
Available free from the iTunes App Store, the app will soon be available for other devices.
Heart Health Mobile identifies and supports actionable steps to help users control their CVD risk. Key features include:
MCRF identified two keys to success based on its experience designing the Heart Health Mobile app.
In the future, MCRF would like to look at linking Heart Health Mobile to the patient portal to advance Heart Health Mobile as a tool that not only activates patients, but also enhances the patient-provider connection.
Founded by six physicians in 1916, Marshfield Clinic now operates a large network of health centers in the state of Wisconsin. Its research division, Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF), was established in 1959. MCRF supports the Marshfield Clinic’s mission to serve patients through accessible, high quality health care, research, and education.
Contact: Marshfield Corporate Communications