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AMA Challenge Salutes Three Mobile Health Innovations

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Jun 29, 2018
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Cutting edge examples of new mobile health monitoring technology were recognized today as the American Medical Association (AMA) announced the top three solutions submitted to AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge sponsored by Google Cloud.

The challenge is an outgrowth of the AMA’s Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), an unprecedented collaborative effort to unleash a new era of patient care by pioneering a common data model for organizing and sharing meaningful health data. The challenge underscores the AMA’s commitment to bridging the gap between creative idea development and enhanced patient care, and creating a deeper understanding of how mobile health technology can capture, share and transform data into accessible and actionable information for the patient and physician to improve health outcomes.

“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,” said AMA Chief Medical Information Officer Michael Hodgkins, M.D. “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.”

Health and technology entrepreneurs from around the world submitted 36 solutions 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 health care system. Eight semi-finalists were selected from the submissions and asked to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and panel of judges at the Google Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The three winning solutions selected from among the semi-finalists share $50,000 in Google Cloud credits to accelerate their solutions.

First place: HealthSteps wins $25,000 Google Cloud credits

This software company based in Gainesville, Fla. offers a mobile health platform that focuses on the necessary delivery of information between patient and provider to improve health outcomes. HealthSteps connects people around the concept of a digital care plan. Through their own mobile devices, patients can be more engaged with their care plan activities and share their care plan with family and other caregivers. HealthSteps works to gain real-time data which sets it apart.

Second place: I-deal Health wins $15,000 Google Cloud credits

I-deal Health, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, 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. I-deal Health works to connect patient and provider through the use of health data in a manner that supports both parties. Through individualized treatment derived from EHR data, patients can work to focus their efforts through the help of the I-deal Health mobile application.

Third place: FUTUREASSURE LLC wins $10,000 Google Cloud credits

Based in Omaha, Neb., the goal of FUTUREASSURE LLC is automation of surgical intuition by using validated data to implement mobile technology into standard clinical workflow; thus assuring medical decision-making. This agnostic system can collect clinical and research data for the assessment of patient risk for surgery. It works to provide objective data that can predict surgical outcomes previously not compared.

“The future of health care is literally in the palm of our hands,” said Benjamin King, CEO of HealthSteps. “Mobile technology has created a pathway for a new dynamic in the physician-patient relationship, and HealthSteps is leading the way.”

The three winning ideas were deemed by judges to best demonstrate uses of patient-generated health data to have maximum impact on improving physician workflow, improving clinical outcomes, and reducing cost in the health care system. All qualified entries will receive an entry prize of $3,000 in Google Cloud credits.

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About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the powerful ally and unifying voice for America’s physicians, the patients they serve, and the promise of a healthier nation. The AMA attacks the dysfunction in health care by removing obstacles and burdens that interfere with patient care. It reimagines medical education, training, and lifelong learning for the digital age to help physicians grow at every stage of their careers, and it improves the health of the nation by confronting the increasing chronic disease burden. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

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