Medical Society Joins Chicago Tech Incubator

The American Medical Association (AMA) has opened a lab within a Chicago healthcare technology incubator where it’s aiming to improve patient-physician encounters and preventive care.

The Chicago incubator, called MATTER, comprises 70 start-up companies focused on “next-generation” health IT, medical devices, diagnostics, and biopharma companies, according to ChicagoInno.com.

The AMA CEO James Madara, MD, told Health Data Management that the AMA lab will also test ways to improve office design, workflows, and modular furniture. Officials hope the lab will be finished this summer.

“However, background work already conducted with Rand Corp. makes it likely that AMA will be looking early for ways to optimize efficient extraction of organized data from health records systems and improve interoperability,” Health Data Management wrote. “That, according to Madara, could include bringing up clinical data in an organized manner with algorithms focusing on certain disease types on a single screen.”

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