AMA'S IHMI Launches First Self-Measured Blood Pressure Data Model

Samara Rosenfeld
FEBRUARY 11, 2019
big data

Today, the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) — founded by the American Medical Association to address data portability gaps —announced the development of a new data model for managing an uninterrupted stream of data from devices that remotely monitor blood pressure.

The Self-Measured Blood Pressure Data Model was created by IHMI’s first collaboration between the health and technology sectors. The aim of the collaboration was to gather important health information that often gets overlooked but could possibly lead to improved health outcomes.

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The data model standardizes clinically relevant data for advanced blood pressure monitoring devices, improving the ability to capture clinically valid blood pressure data. It also defines what data to collect, how to represent the data and how to encode the data for easy transmission, exchange and retrieval.

“The ability to harness patient-generated health data from a multitude of sources has come of age and will empower patients and physicians to find and leverage meaningful data to improve health,” said Tom Giannulli, M.D., M.S., IHMI chief medical information officer.

The model could help patients and clinicians make sense of the data and rely on its clinical validity, Giannulli added.

And the Self-Measured Blood Pressure Data Model has already been integrated with a number of companies.

higi, a consumer health technology company, has integrated the model and helped IHMI during the clinical validation process.

“With this real-time remote patient data now accessible to providers, they are able to connect patients to the right care they need, providing the next health actions based on the reliable higi station blood pressure and biometric information to add real-time intelligence to patient treatment plans,” said Khan Siddiqui, M.D., founder and chief medical officer and chief technology officer of higi.

HealthSteps has developed a mobile application that will also integrate the Self-Measured Blood Pressure Data Model content into its platform and Cloud DX, a Canadian digital healthcare company, has also agreed to use the content.

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