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Marshfield Clinic develops award winning medical app


MARSHFIELD, Wisc  (WSAU)   The Marshfield Clinic’s research facility has won a national competition for the best mobile-app to improve heart health. It was the first app ever designed by the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation. And clinic spokesman Jake Miller said it beat out 35 other entries in a contest put on the technology arm of the U-S Department of Health and Human Services. It’s called the “Heart Health Mobile” app, and Miller said it only took five weeks to design.

Users enter their body statistics and health habits. The app then keeps track of the person’s risk factors for things like heart disease and stroke – and its lets people keep track of their progress in reducing those risk. There’s also a small game which keeps track of the risk factors.

Project manager Brian Weichelt said the goal was to entertain people as they pursue healthier lifestyles. The app now works in I-Phones, I-Pads, and I-Pad touch devices. A Web-based version for other devices is expected to come out in March.