Accenture Federal Services has been awarded a two-year management consulting contract to help establish a framework of best practices for the effective use of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in research and care delivery.
The contract has been awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and will see Accenture addressing policy topics related to PGHD and identifying 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.
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. ONC has identified PGHD as an important issue for advancing patient engagement.
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