EvidenceNow is an initiative from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with the goal of improving heart health by helping small and medium sized practices use the most recent heart health evidence. The Primary goal of EvidenceNow is to improve the heart health related care at more than 1,500 primary care practices in the United States with the hope that every practice will achieve a national target of 70% of patients following the ABCs of heart health prevention. The ABCs of heart health prevention include aspirin use, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation.
Five primary care practices were recently named as the 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions. These practices, located in New York, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, had 70% of their patients achieve blood pressure control. This was achieved by applying a variety of strategies including patient communication and health information technology.
The EvidenceNow website contains more information about this initiative, related tools and materials and stories from the field. This initiative began in March of 2014 and will be evaluated between November of 2017 and April of 2018.