News : Accenture Awarded Contract to Help Create Patient-Generated Health Data Policy Framework
Arlington, Va. Feb. 29, 2016 -- Establishing a framework of best practices for the effective use of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in research and care delivery is the focus of a two-year management consulting contract awarded to Accenture Federal Services by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Accenture’s work will address policy topics related to PGHD and identify best practices, gaps and opportunities for the collection and use of PGHD. Accenture will also oversee and coordinate pilot projects to test the implementation of topics identified in the policy framework.
"Our team is committed to working with ONC to determine the impact patient-generated health data can have as well as approaches to its implementation. Not only can patient-generated health data offer an opportunity to capture needed information for use during care with potential cost savings and improvements in quality, care coordination, and patient safety but it can provide a more comprehensive picture of ongoing patient health," said Mary Edwards, who leads Accenture’s work with federal civilian health agencies.
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PGHD includes a person’s health and treatment history, biometric data, symptoms and lifestyle choices. It is collected directly from patients in many ways – from surveys and structured questionnaires to wearable mobile technology devices including fitness trackers and smart watches.
Accenture has supported ONC through various programs beginning in 2005 on the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN), and since 2010 for the agency’s Standards and Interoperability Framework.
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