18 Oct AMA Launches Collaborative Data Project

By: Rachel Z. Arndt

Source: ModernHealthcare.com

The American Medical Association is throwing its hat into the data and interoperability game with the launch of the Integrated Health Model Initiative, which will develop a framework for the industry to collect, organize and share health data.”This collective effort will foster patient care models that achieve better outcomes, as well as technical innovations to address poor interoperability,” according to an AMA statement.

The project’s aim to improve interoperability is similar to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s goals stemming from the 21st Century Cures Act. The law asks the ONC to implement standards and policies that promote the flow of information. The ONC already has its Interoperability Standards Advisory, and is forming Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations on health IT infrastructure and getting data to move more effectively across the industry.

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