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Cloud expansion driving demand for new patient-oriented technology

As organizations increasingly sidestep the cost of on-prem servers by moving to the cloud, healthcare stakeholders are pushing for new technologies that can improve the delivery of care.

Jeff Rowe | Apr 16, 2018 12:00 am

While healthcare organizations become more accustomed to the possibilities that accompany tapping the cloud, they’re also looking to expanding the array of technological options available for improving patient care.

To that end, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Google have announced an innovation challenge aimed at improving healthcare interoperability and developing new methods of collecting and managing patient-generated health data (PGHD).

The Challenge amounts to an invitation to the health and technology sectors to present solutions that demonstrate 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 outcomes.

The contest will reward technology developers who offer streamlined tools and standards-based methodologies to import, extract, and transfer patient-generated health data between mobile devices and clinical interfaces.

“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” said AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA.

“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.”

Specifically, entrants are asked to present ideas on how to import (or transfer) patient-generated health data from a mobile device or a mobile application into one or more phases of clinical care, or extract (or transfer) data from one or more phases of the clinical care and send it back into a mobile application or mobile device so patients can view, track and ultimately act upon the information relative to their goals or share it with other physicians.

The winning ideas will demonstrate how to use PGHD in meaningful ways within the clinical workflow to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and create stronger patient-provider relationships.