The AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge


The AMA Health Care Interoperability and Innovation Challenge

This Challenge is an open call for solutions that allow patients to remotely monitor and manage their health care in a manner that places a minimum burden on physicians. This requires the development of a supporting patient-physician interaction model that optimizes physician time and patient outcomes. Solutions that focus on data sharing are of particular interest. Entrants are asked to present solutions that demonstrate how data related to remote patient monitoring of conditions is captured on a mobile device, and how it is transferred to and from a clinicians’ practice for incorporation into a physician’s practice workflow.

Specifically Entrants are asked to present ideas on how to:

  1. Import (or transfer) patient-generated data from a mobile device or a mobile application into one or more phases of the physician or payer health data management cycles. Examples of phases: assessment of current state, risk stratification, goal definition (both patient and physician), treatment plan, intervention(s), recording of observed outcomes, re-assessment.

  2. Extract (or transfer) data from one or more aspects of the physician or payer health data management cycle and send it back into a mobile app or mobile device so patients can view, track and ultimately act upon the information relative to their goals or even share it with other physicians.

Ideally 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 or reducing cost in the health care system.

This challenge is an AMA-led effort, with sponsorship from Google.

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NOTE TO READER: This brief summary is provided here for your convenience. Please refer to the “Official Challenge Rules” for complete description and official details of the Challenge. In the event of a conflict, the Rules shall govern. 

As a challenge sponsor, Google Cloud is providing $3,000 in Google Cloud credits to all qualified entries as well as larger awards to the winning submissions.


  • 1st Place Winner: $25,000 Google Cloud credits
  • 2nd Place Winner: $15,000 Google Cloud credits
  • 3rd Place Winner:  $10,000 Google Cloud credits
  • All Qualified Entries receive $3,000 in Google Cloud credits

Judging Criteria

  • Adherence to problem statement—how well does the submission adhere to/address the problem statement?
  • Interoperability—does the solution promote interoperability and innovation?
  • Practicality—does the presenter clearly state the problem they are solving, how their idea solves the problem and how they will evaluate that it works? Can the idea be realistically implemented in today’s clinical environment and at a reasonable cost?
  • Efficacy—we are looking for ideas that produce real benefits (cost saving, improved outcomes, better patient experience, etc.). How beneficial would the proposed idea be if it were implemented?


The Challenge is open only to individuals and teams who are Startup Entities (individuals or teams who are 18 years of age or older and have received less than $5 million in funding and have earned less than $500,000 in annual revenue as of the date of entry. The following individuals are ineligible:

  • Employees, officers, directors and contractors of AMA, Google or Medstro or their subsidiaries or affiliates, and/or any member of their immediate family (i.e., a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals.
  • A citizen or resident of
    • A country on the list of designated countries of State Sponsored Terrorism, as contained in the U.S. Department of State website
    • Canada, Mexico or Brazil
    • Any jurisdictions where the Challenge may be prohibited
  • A resident of any European Union country covered by the General Data Protection Regulation

The AMA’s 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.

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