Introduction

Take control of your care using health IT! Create a video and demonstrate how you use health IT to support blood pressure control through activities such as routine monitoring of blood pressure, taking blood pressure medications as prescribed, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that helps lower blood pressure.

Keep things simple — each video should focus on just one activity to monitor or prevent high blood pressure and must encourage viewers to visit www.healthIT.gov to learn more.

To get started, check out these inspiring stories about the power of health IT to transform care, and review the requirements and ideas below. NOTE: these are professionally produced videos intended only as examples of compelling ways health IT changed lives.

Video Requirements

Please see the Official Rules for complete guidelines and requirements. Here is a summary of the key requirements:

  • All submissions must be in English
  • Videos must contain only one (1) activity to monitor blood pressure or prevent high blood pressure
  • Videos must demonstrate how you use one type of information technology as part of or in support of your activity to monitor or prevent high blood pressure
  • All submissions must encourage people to visit www.HealthIT.gov for more information
  • Videos should be concise and must be no longer than 2 minutes
  • Participants may submit multiple videos
  • Team members must be at least 18, but your video can include minors under 18 as long as the necessary consent forms are provided. (“Team members” do not include people who appear in the video but don’t make any other contributions to the submission.) For details on eligibility, review the Official Rules.
  • All individuals who appear in the video (regardless of age) must complete and sign the Video Consent Form. If children under the age of 18 appear in the video, each child’s parent or guardian must fill out and sign the form. Signatures must be handwritten and scanned consent forms should be combined into one file and uploaded to the challenge site.

Restrictions

  • The video cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion or contest of any kind, or previously exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.
  • The video should not include any personal identification information about those in the video (e.g., name, address, social security number, etc.).
  • The Video may mention a commercial business, industry name, brand name, product placement or other trademark only for the purpose of describing how information technology will be used to achieve the resolution. Videos that are overly promotional may be disqualified.

Videos that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to enter the contest. The posting of videos is at the discretion of the judges; there is no guarantee that all submissions will be posted on the challenge website.

Making a Video

There are three steps to creating your video:

Step 1: Identify an activity to monitor or prevent high blood pressure

Make it personal, relevant and realistic. Be genuine and show how your activity helps you, a loved one or a patient (if you’re a health care provider) control blood pressure.

To learn more about heart disease and the risks of high blood pressure visit Million Hearts and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure.

Check out the tools below from the American Heart Association (AHA) to learn more about high blood pressure, and assess and manage your risk. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

AHA tools on the Million Hearts site
AHA’s My Life Check tool
AHA’s HBP Risk Calculator Tool
AHA’s Heart360
AHA’s High Blood Pressure Patient Education Content

Step 2: Learn about health IT.

Learn how you can use information technology to as part of or in support of your activity to control blood pressure.

If you’re a consumer or caregiver for a loved one, you can demonstrate how you use health IT or consumer e-health tools to monitor blood pressure, take medication as prescribed to maintain low blood pressure, and/or make lifestyle changes that reduce your risks and enhance heart health. You can also discuss how you are partnering with your health care provider to leverage health IT to better monitor and manage your blood pressure.

If you’re a health care provider, you can demonstrate how you use electronic health records and other health IT to manage your patients’ hypertension, help them take their medications as prescribed, and help your patients adopt healthy habits that enhance control of blood pressure.

Don’t limit yourself to finding the perfect smartphone app (unless that fits your activity). Explore the world of health IT and e-health tools and see what’s available.

Health IT includes a broad array of technologies, such as remote monitoring devices, electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), e-prescribing, and personal e-health tools (health related web sites, mobile apps, online communities, email/text reminders and other software).

Your video should show how you use a specific type of information technology as part of or in support of your activity to control blood pressure.

Step 3: Film it.

Your video will be judged on a variety of criteria, so you can make it stand out in different ways. The most important thing is to make it compelling and instructive!
The quality and polish of your video is only one aspect of the competition. The best videos will tell a compelling story that inspires others and helps them take similar steps to control blood pressure. You can use anything from a webcam to a Hollywood production company to make your video. When you’re finished filming and editing, upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. Here are a few resources to help:

Use your webcam to record a video on YouTube
Digital video tips from O’Reilly Media
Video tutorials from MediaCollege.com