AMA, Google team up to inspire innovation with interoperability challenge

The American Medical Association launched a new challenge sponsored by Google to drive new applications of mobile health technology.

The "AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge sponsored by Google" asks companies at the crosshairs of health and technology to think up new solutions to capture patient data by mHealth then sent to healthcare organizations and converted into actionable information physicians can use to improve patient outcomes.

The challenge specifically seeks ideas on how to import patient generated data from a mobile device or application into at least one phase of clinical care or vice versa.

"The AMA is working to unleash a new era of patient care through its Integrated Health Model Initiative 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. "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 three best ideas the challenge receives — solutions that best use patient-generated health data to improve physician workflow and clinical outcomes and reduce cost — by June 7 will be selected to share $50,000 in Google Cloud credits.

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