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AMA Begins Two Initiatives to Support Healthcare Innovation

AMA expands both its medical school consortium and MATTER partnership to help foster health IT innovation.

By Sara Heath

In an effort to improve patient care and health IT for the future, the American Medical Association (AMA) has announced that it will be expanding its medical school network and and MATTER partnerships.

The goal of the medical school expansion is to ultimately create “the medical school of the future,” the organization stated in a press release. To do this, consortium schools will work to bridge the difference between how medical educations are delivered and how physicians deliver care in practice. By expanding its Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium to 20 more medical schools, AMA hopes to increase innovation in care delivery and health IT.

This project will build upon previous efforts with the 11-school consortium established in 2013. By increasing the number of schools receiving AMA support, the organization hopes to accelerate initiatives in improving medical education for future physicians.

“By tripling the number of schools participating in this effort, we know that we will be able to more quickly disseminate the Consortium schools’ innovative curriculum models to even more schools—leading to the type of seismic shift that the medical education system needs so that future physicians can better care for their patients,” wrote AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD.

Being a part of the consortium means a $75,000 grant for involved schools, awarded over a three-year timeframe. The schools awarded this grant were selected through a rigorous process during which the schools had to propose a substantial redesign to the medical education curriculum. According to AMA, candidates proposed several unique and innovative ideas.

“Some of the selected projects proposed by the new schools include programs that incorporate medical students into care coordination teams in an accountable care organization aimed at improving care for patients with multiple chronic conditions. Other selected projects focus on developing advanced simulation and telemedicine technologies to foster skills specific to the needs of rural or remote communities,” the AMA reported in the press release.

AMA also announced that it will partner with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for an initiative called “Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments.” This initiative likewise aims to improve graduate medical education, just as AMA’s consortium does.

“This initiative will build on the outstanding work the AMA has done in undergraduate medical education, as well as the work of our other partners, to ensure that physicians completing residency and fellowship training are equipped to fulfill the future health care needs of the American public,” said ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

AMA continues pursuing its goals in health IT innovation by expanding its MATTER partnership, which aims to foster health IT innovation and entrepreneurship, an AMA press release says. By opening the AMA Interaction Studio at MATTER, the AMA hopes more start-ups will contribute to the health IT industry by working closely with healthcare professionals across the nation.

“Physicians and entrepreneurs are both passionate about transforming health care, and by working in tandem they can advance innovations that make the health system work better for everyone,” said AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD. “The capabilities of the AMA Interaction Studio allow entrepreneurs to connect, in person and virtually, with a broad range of physicians to get a deeper understanding of the key challenges in patient care that can be resolved with advances in new technology.”

This partnership may prove beneficial because it helps entrepreneurs take into consideration the real-life, practical knowledge and experience that clinicians have to offer. This will potentially make new health IT innovations more useful and practicable in the healthcare sphere.

“The AMA Interaction Studio is going to be tremendously helpful in connecting entrepreneurs and AMA physicians from around the country,” said Scott Vold, founder and CEO of Fibroblast, a MATTER member company. “Being able to interact with physicians, show them our solution and get their feedback is going to streamline our entire testing and production processes.”




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