AMA selects 3 winners of Google-sponsored mHealth challenge

The American Medical Association revealed the winners of its AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge, a mobile health innovation competition sponsored by Google Cloud, June 23.

The challenge, which the AMA opened submissions for in April, is part of the association's Integrated Health Model Initiative to create a common data model for healthcare organizations to share meaningful patient data.

Thirty-six developers submitted mHealth solutions to the challenge, all of which used patient-generated health data to improve clinical outcomes, physician workflows or healthcare costs. From these submissions the AMA selected three semi-finalists.

A panel of judges selected the first, second and third-place winners from the group of semi-finalists, who pitched their ideas in front of a live audience at Google's campus in Cambridge, Mass. All qualified entries received an entry prize of $3,000 in Google Cloud credits to accelerate development of their solutions.

Here are the three winning teams:

First place ($25,000 in Google Cloud credits): HealthSteps, a Gainesville, Fla.-based company that offers a mHealth platform to deliver information between patients and providers to create digital care plans. 

Second place ($15,000 in Google Cloud credits): I-deal Health, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based company that guides treatment plans for patients, in part by helping patients and providers visualize personalized potential risks for various diseases.

Third place ($10,000 in Google Cloud credits): FutureAssure, an Omaha, Neb.-based company that uses mHealth technology to collect clinical and research data to help surgeons assess patients' risk for surgery and predict surgical outcomes.

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