It used to be that preventing heart disease was no game. But now, not only can it be a game, but that game is part of an award-winning mobile telephone application.
“Heart Health Mobile,” developed by the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic's Research Foundation, was named winner of the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge, a competition launched in July by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The app evaluates a person's risk for heart disease based on answers to questions on weight, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other factors. It also provides locations for cholesterol and blood-pressure screenings. People can also track their weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels using the app, and participate in a game where points are awarded for reaching health targets.
“Our goal with Heart Health Mobile was to develop an app that can help people live healthier lives,” Dr. Simon Lin, app project leader and director of the Research Foundation's Biomedical Informatics Research Center, said in a news release. “The app gives people a fun, interactive tool that lets them track key risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, while monitoring improvement.”