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AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

The AMA and Google are joining forces on an mHealth challenge designed to improve care coordination for people with chronic conditions through mobile health platforms linking the patient with the doctor.

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By Eric Wicklund

- The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs.

The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, in which participants are tasked to create an mHealth platform “that demonstrates how patient-generated data is captured by mobile health monitoring technology, transferred to a medical practice and transformed into accessible and actionable information for the patient and physician to improve health outcome.”

“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 health care and technology stakeholders” AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, said in a press release. “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 challenge focuses on two particular pain points in healthcare – the transfer of data from the patient to the doctor, and the relaying of care management advice, based on that data, from the doctor back to the patient.

Participants are asked to

  1. Import (or transfer) patient-generated data from a mobile device or a mobile application into one or more phases of the physician or payer health data management cycles. Examples of phases include assessment of current state, risk stratification, goal definition (both patient and physician), treatment plan, intervention(s), recording of observed outcomes and re-assessment.
  2. Extract (or transfer) data from one or more aspects of the physician or payer health data management cycle 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 even share it with other physicians.

The deadline for submissions is June 7, after which a panel of judges will pick the top three ideas. The top submission will receive $25,000 worth of Google Cloud Credits, while the runner-up will get $15,000 in credits and the third-place finisher will get $10,000 in credits.


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