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AMA Launches Integrated Healthcare Big Data Analytics Platform

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The physician-led Integrated Health Model Initiative aims to bring standardized healthcare big data analytics to the care continuum.

 – The American Medical Association is working to develop an integrated big data analytics and clinical informatics platform that will offer a common data model for organizations seeking to deliver the highest possible quality of coordinated care.

With initial partners including Cerner Corporation, IBM, Intermountain Healthcare, PCORI, AMIA, and SNOMED, the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) will prioritize a collaborative approach to better chronic disease care and population health management.

“We spend more than three trillion dollars a year on health care in America and generate more health data than ever before. Yet some of the most meaningful data – data to unlock potential improvements in patient outcomes – is fragmented, inaccessible or incomplete,” said AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD.

“The collaborative effort of IHMI will help the health system learn how to collect, organize, and exchange patient-centered data in a common structure that captures what is most important for improving care and long-term wellness, and transform the data into a rich stream of accessible and actionable information.”

The platform aims to create and disseminate standards for those key data elements that support informed decision-making and patient-centered care, with a special focus on high-cost and high-impact clinical areas, such as hypertension and diabetes.

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