Million Heart Risk Check Challenge
“Heart Health Mobile” was created by the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation as part of a nationwide competition launched in support of the Million Hearts Initiative. The competition received submissions by more than 35 entrants.
The app provides information about a person’s risk for heart disease based on answers to questions about height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, diabetes and smoking status. In areas with participating pharmacies and other retail clinics, the app steers users to convenient Chicago-based locations for cholesterol and blood-pressure screening.
A feature that tracks users’ histories allows people to easily see if they have made progress as they work to lose weight or lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. “Heart Health Mobile” offers both a traditional version of the app and one that incorporates a game. Users who play the game earn points for completed tasks and awards for tracking their heart health and reaching their targets.
“Heart Health Mobile” uses Archimedes Inc.’s IndiGO tool to analyze the information a person enters into the app, calculating the individual’s heart disease risk and improvement over time. The app works on Apple iOS tablets, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices and can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.hearthealthmobile.com/. Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation will release in March a web-based (HTML5) responsive design version that works on other devices.