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Health IT Developers Collaborate for Health Data Exchange

AMA is helping two health IT developers create a new health data exchange system for improved interoperability.

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By Kate Monica

- Through its innovation hub, the American Medical Association (AMA) is assisting health IT innovators in developing a new health data exchange system to improve interoperability and help providers meet the needs of the value-based care system.

AMA’s Health2047 and Celgene Corporation will team up to develop a new health data exchange protocol enabling secure, trusted, and connected information sharing.

Health2047 aims to improve healthcare nationwide at the system level by creating partnerships between participants of the healthcare, tech, consumer, and benefit management sectors. The innovation enterprise is working closely with AMA and other partners to develop and commercialize solutions in areas of healthcare including data liquidity, chronic care management, productivity, and payments.

“Close collaboration among leaders in the technology and healthcare sectors is essential to driving meaningful change,” said Health2047 Chief Executive Doug Given, MD. “Innovative visionaries like Celgene understand the pressing need to create solutions that are able to address large-scale issues like data liquidity and enable better clinical decisions, improve patient outcomes, and enhance value-based care.“

The ecosystems-based approach is an attempt to address significant barriers to interoperability through collaboration. Healthcare industry leaders including DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe have been advocating for more collaboration between health IT developers and industry stakeholders to increase standards use and promote trusted exchange frameworks. 

In this newest venture, Health2047 and biopharmaceutical company Celgene will work together to build a new health data exchange system to improve secure information sharing between patients, physicians, hospitals, health systems, payers, and healthcare researchers and accommodate the value based care system.

“Meeting the data interoperability challenge requires an ecosystem-based approach and a trusted entity like the AMA,” said Celgene Vice President of Information Knowledge Utilization (IKU), Gertjan Bartlema. “Given the expertise of Health2047’s team and the innovative platform they’re building, we wanted to be a part of the effort. Managing data efficiently while curating knowledge and insights will be key to achieving greater value for patients.”  

Health2047 launched in Silicon Valley in 2016 and has since secured about $60 million in funding commitments. Celgene specializes in developing innovations to improve cancer treatment and other severe immune or inflammatory conditions.

“Collaboration across technology and healthcare is critical to creating the solutions we need to improve care and outcomes for people,” said AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD. “It’s clear that we have big system-level problems to fix, and none of us can do it alone.” 

Cross-industry collaboration has also been suggested as a way to solve the healthcare industry’s interoperability problem by Cerner Vice President of Interoperability Kashif Rathore. Embracing collaboration could allow health IT developers to focus on larger problems and projects such as the systems-focused health data exchange protocol Health2047 and Celgene intend to create.

“Our thought process is that we need to invest and give ability to any innovators to come in and create things on our platforms,” said Rathore. “This ability is given to them via standard, so we can support broader collaboration. It is this collaboration that will help the industry advance the way care is delivered through improved information exchange.”

Similar to AMA, Cerner has also recently lent a helping hand to health IT developers. Earlier this month, Cerner partnered with HealthSouth to collaborate on evidence-based solutions for improved care coordination in post-acute care settings.

The Post-Acute Innovation Center in Alabama will serve as a breeding ground for tools designed to boost patient care management for care settings including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. 



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