Google partners with the American Medical Association to promote data sharing

By Catherine Sturman
CNBC has revealed that technology giant Google is set to partner with the American Medical Association to find new ways to share data within the AMA's H...

CNBC has revealed that technology giant Google is set to partner with the American Medical Association to find new ways to share data within the AMA's Healthcare Interoperability and Innovation Challenge.

The challenge will see start ups look at new methods to support data sharing between patients and medical providers, particularly for those with long-term health conditions. This could incorporate the importation of patient data from a mobile app or wearable, or the extraction of data from a clinical interface, which is then sent back to a mobile application of health wearable, the Clinical Innovation & Technology has stated.

"The winning entries will demonstrate how the applicant uses patient-generated health data in meaningful ways to have maximum impact on improving physician workflow, improving clinical outcomes, and reducing cost in the health-care system," the AMA has said.

The three most successful ideas which are submitted will gain a combined $50,000 in credits for Google Cloud.

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

“The Integrated Health Model Initiative seeks to evolve available health data to depict a complete picture of a patient’s journey, from wellness to illness to treatment and beyond, that allows health care delivery to fully focus on patient function, state, outcomes and goals,” the AMA adds.

“This includes a long-term focus on identifying, developing and reviewing new data elements, as well as associated relationships and rules using a clinical review process.”

“One area of particular interest is the use of mobile technology to transform health care to improve the patient-physician relationship,” it adds. “This Challenge focuses on exploring possibilities in this space.”

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