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AMA Announces Winners of Mobile Health Data Sharing Challenge

The American Medical Association has selected three mobile health startups as the winners of its Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge.

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By Eric Wicklund

- The American Medical Association is honoring three mHealth startups for developing “cutting edge” platforms that make use of mobile health data.

The three were chosen as the best from 36 entries in the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, designed to “showcase technology that uses patient-generated health data in meaningful ways to have maximum impact on improving clinical outcomes, streamlining physician workflows, and reducing costs in the healthcare system.”

The challenge is part of the AMA’s Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), described as a collaborative effort to foster the sharing of meaningful health data through mobile health technology.

“The AMA issued the challenge to inspire the creation of novel mobile technology that demonstrates innovative uses of health data to support the long term wellness of patients,” AMA Chief Medical Information Officer Michael Hodgkins, MD, said in a press release. “The top solutions chosen in the AMA Challenge have the potential to be transformational innovations that effectively share meaningful medical data between patients and physicians and create a healthier nation.”

There three winning digital health companies are:

  1. HealthSteps, based in Gainesville, Fla., which aims to create a digital care plan, accessible on the patient’s own mobile devices, that “focuses on the necessary delivery of information between patient and provider to improve health outcomes.”
  2. I-deal Health, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, which aims to pull data from the patient’s electronic health record that “empowers patients to visualize their personal risk for multiple diseases, choose goals to reduce their risk and close the loop between patients and clinicians to seamlessly achieve success.”
  3. FUTUREASSURE, based in Omaha, Neb., which gathers research and clinical data for the assessment of patient risk during surgery.

HealthSteps will receive $25,000 in Google Cloud credits, while I-deal Health will get $15,000 in Google Cloud credits and FUTUREASSURE will get $10,000 in Google Cloud credits.

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