The American Medical Association (AMA) has launched the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, which is sponsored by Google, to inspire novel examples of mHealth technology – such as wearable devices and applications – that effectively monitor and share medical data between patients and physicians to improve the management of chronic diseases.

“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 organising and sharing meaningful health data like patient goal, state and functioning, and assembling an unprecedented collaborative effort across health care and technology stakeholders,” said AMA President, David O. Barbe, MD., MHA.

“The Challenge is an extension of the AMA’s work and will explore possible uses of mHealth technology to provide patients and physicians with a rich stream of medical data that is important for improving care and long-term wellness,” continued Barbe.

The Challenge invites the health and technology sectors to present solutions that demonstrate how patient-generated data is captured by mHealth monitoring technology, transferred to a medical practice, and transformed into accessible and actionable information for the patient and physician to improve health outcomes.

Specifically, entrants are asked to present ideas on two main areas. The first is on how to import (or transfer) patient-generated health data from a mobile device or a mobile application 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 and re-assessment.

The second area is on how to extract (or transfer) data from one or more phases of the clinical care and send it back into a mobile application or mobile device so patients can view, track and ultimately act upon the information relative to their goals or share it with other physicians.

The winning ideas will demonstrate how the applicant uses patient-generated health data in meaningful ways to have maximum impact on improving physician workflow, improving clinical outcomes, and reducing cost in the health care system.

The Challenge is open to individuals and teams who are Startup Entities that have received less than $5 million in funding and have earned less than $500,000 in annual revenue as of the date of entry. The closing date is 7th June 2018.

The three best ideas will be selected to share $50,000 in credits for Google Cloud.

More information about the Challenge can be found here: https://ama-ihmi.org/googlechallenge

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