AMA, Google challenge seeks mobile solutions to assist doctors

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The American Medical Association and Google have issued a challenge to industry seeking technology solutions that will enable patients to remotely monitor and manage their healthcare while minimizing the burden on physicians.

Specifically, the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge sponsored by Google is seeking submissions that demonstrate how data related to remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions is captured on a mobile device and how it is transferred to and from a clinicians’ practice for incorporation into a physician’s practice workflow.

Entrants to the challenge are being asked to present their ideas on how to:

  • Import (or transfer) patient-generated health data from a mobile device or a mobile app into one or more phases of clinical care. Examples of phases include assessment of current condition, risk stratification, goal definition (both patient and physician), treatment plan, intervention(s), recording of observed outcomes or re-assessment.
  • Extract (or transfer) data from one or more phases of the clinical care and send it back into a mobile app or mobile device so patients can view, track and ultimately act upon the information relative to their goals or share it with other physicians.

“Ideally the winning entries will demonstrate how the applicant uses patient-generated health data in meaningful ways to have maximum impact on improving physician workflow, improving clinical outcomes or reducing cost in the healthcare system,” states the challenge website.

Last year, AMA launched a new digital platform—called the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI)—designed to improve, organize and share health information among healthcare stakeholders through a common data model. The goal of IHMI is to “depict a complete picture of a patient’s journey from wellness to illness to treatment and beyond that allows healthcare delivery to fully focus on patient function, state, outcomes and goals,” according to AMA.

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“The AMA is working to unleash a new era of patient care through its Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) by pioneering a common data model for organizing and sharing meaningful health data like patient goal, state and functioning, and assembling an unprecedented collaborative effort across healthcare and technology stakeholders” said AMA President David Barbe, MD, in a written statement. “The challenge we’re announcing today is an extension of the AMA’s work and will explore possible uses of mobile health technology to provide patients and physicians with a rich stream of medical data that is important for improving care and long-term wellness.”

The submission deadline for the challenge is June 7. The three best ideas that are submitted will be selected to share $50,000 in credits for Google Cloud. The finalists will be announced on June 22.

Additional information about the challenge, including eligibility and judging criteria, is available here.

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