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HealthSteps Wins AMA-Google’s Interoperability and Innovation Challenge

June 29, 2018
by Heather Landi
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The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the top three solutions submitted to the 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), a collaborative effort to unleash a new era of patient care by pioneering a common data model for organizing and sharing meaningful health data.

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

First place went to HealthSteps, a Gainesville, Fla.-based software company that offers a mobile health platform focusing 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, according to the panel of judges.

I-deal Health was recognized as the second-place winner. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, I-deal Health 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 went to FUTUREASSURE, a company based in Omaha, Nebraska that focused on the 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.

 

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