HealthSteps wins AMA-Google’s Interoperability and Innovation Challenge
A mobile platform designed to help keep patients on track with their care plans is the winner of the Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, an American Medical Association-led effort with sponsorship from Google.
HealthSteps was among eight finalists that pitched their ideas on Thursday in front of a live audience and panel of judges at Google’s office in Cambridge, Mass., with the Gainesville, Fla.-based company selected as the winner and receiving $25,000 in Google Cloud credits.
The aim of the challenge was to evaluate solutions that use patient-generated data in meaningful ways to improve clinical outcomes, streamline physician workflows and reduce costs.
Available on both iPhone and Android mobile devices, HealthSteps contains a digital care plan with built-in medication reminders, a symptom tracker, and the capability to share and sync care plans between family members and caregivers. In addition, clinicians using the HIPAA-compliant HealthSteps web portal can visualize real-time data showing patient compliance and symptoms.
“HealthSteps is the evolution of patient engagement,” says HealthSteps founder and CEO Benjamin King. “It is designed around the concept of a digital care plan that can be connected not only with the patient but to their family members and also to the healthcare providers.”
Finishing in second place and receiving $15,000 in Google Cloud credits was I-deal Health from Tel Aviv, Israel, an app that enables patients to track their personalized risk stratification for various conditions side by side and to compare the likely impact of multiple potential interventions.
The third place winner was FUTUREASSURE from Omaha, Neb., which received $10,000 in Google Cloud credits for their novel device that automates the collection of clinical and research frailty metrics in preoperative surgical patients, utilizing standard clinical workflow.