Winners named in AMA mobile health innovation challenge

To recognize cutting edge examples of new mobile health monitoring technology, the AMA announced the top three solutions submitted to the AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge sponsored by Google Cloud.

“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 Michael Hodgkins, MD, the AMA’s chief medical information officer, 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.”

This competition is an outgrowth of the AMA’s Integrated Health Model Initiative™ (IHMI), which is a collaborative effort across health care and technology stakeholders that will unleash a new era of better, more effective patient care. IHMI supports a market-informed, continuous learning environment to enable interoperable technology solutions and care models that evolve with real-world use and feedback. 

Health and technology entrepreneurs from around the world submitted 36 solutions to showcase technology that uses patient-generated health data in meaningful ways for maximum impact on improving physician workflow and clinical outcomes, as well as reducing costs in the health care system. Eight semifinalists were selected from the submissions and asked to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and panel of judges, including former AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, at Google’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

These are the three winning solutions selected to share an overall total of $50,000 in Google Cloud credits.

First place: HealthSteps wins $25,000 Google Cloud credits. This software company based in Gainesville, Florida, 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, Nebraska, 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.

These winning solutions best demonstrate uses of patient-generated health data for maximum impact on improving physician workflow and clinical outcomes, as well as reducing cost in the health care system. All qualified entries will receive an entry prize of $3,000 in Google Cloud credits.

This challenge seeks to inform the mobile device and app developer community, as well as the start-up ecosystem, about IHMI. The competition also aims to deepen understanding of the possibilities around the use of mobile technologies to enable remote patient monitoring. This includes examining patient-physician interaction models, as well as providing feedback to patients to improve management of chronic disease.

Contestants were asked to present ideas on how to import patient-generated health data from a mobile device or application into one or more phases of clinical care. They were also asked to extract data from one or more phases of clinical care and send it back into a mobile app or device for patients to view, track and act upon the information in relation to their goals or share it with other physicians.