May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. And the reasons for these observances are obvious.

About 68 million Americans have high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because you can damage your heart and other organs without feeling any symptoms and without any warning.

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Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. And there is one stroke-related death every 4 minutes!

One of the risk factors for stroke is high blood pressure. Keeping your blood pressure under control reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke. More than half of the world’s stroke deaths are caused by elevated blood pressure levels.

Together, the financial costs of high blood pressure and stroke are staggering: annual costs of hypertension are $156 billion, with medical costs accounting for nearly $131 billion and lost productivity from illness and premature death of about $25 billion a year. Annual stroke costs to the nation are more than a billion dollars a week.

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. 70% of all deaths in the United States are a result of chronic disease.

The HITECH Act mandates electronic medical records and electronic health record adoption by 2014. One of the goals of the HITECH Act is to provide better coordination of care for those with chronic diseases. And when dealing with chronic disease, blood pressure control is a critical factor.

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. According to HHS observing both in the same month educates you to control your BP and prevent strokes. Strokes are currently the 4th leading cause of death in the US. Hypertension (high BP) is known as the “silent killer” which can damage your heart, brain, or kidneys without a single symptom.

In September 2009 President Obama outlined and initiated his Strategy for American Innovation. He called on agencies to “increase their ability to promote innovation by using tools such as prizes and challenges to solve tough problems.” The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) then issued the guidelines on challenges, contests, and prizes in March of 2010. The guidelines provide a policy and legal framework to guide agencies in using prizes to advance their missions through innovation. was created as a platform for agencies to list, track, and promote their challenges.

The ONC partnered with Million Hearts, an HHS initiative to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in five years, and the American Heart Association to sponsor “Beat Down Blood Pressure” Video Challenge. The challenge is to create an under 2 minute compelling video sharing how they use health IT or consumer e-health tools to manage high blood pressure. Health care providers can demonstrate how they use electronic health records and other health IT to manage their patients’ hypertension, help them take their medications as prescribed, and help their patients adopt healthy habits that enhance control of blood pressure. There are 5, $1000 prizes and 1, $500 prize. The deadline for submitting a video has been extended to May 16th.

Challenge Timeline
Submission Period – Ends May 16
Judging – May 23 through 30
Public Voting – March 28 through May 30
Winners Announced – June 15

Help spread the word about the challenge and add hashtag #HealthIT4UBP to your tweets.

To enter create an account.

Article Source: ONC Extends Video Challenge Deadline to May 16

Million Hearts is a United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awareness program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the HITECH Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Health care providers can win money for showing how they control blood pressure.  Click for the official contest rules and eligibility for the “Beat Down Blood Pressure Video Challenge”!

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