About the Integrated Health Model Initiative


Living at the intersection of health care, technology and data science, you’ll find the Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) squarely placed and gaining traction. By enabling, creating and applying common standards, our mission is to build a thriving, open health care community, respond to market needs at the pace of innovation, and share our learnings as freely available data portability standards.

Vision and focus

America generates more health care data than ever, yet the most meaningful data are often inaccessible or incomplete. As part of our mission AMA seeks to move medicine forward by driving improvements within health care data interoperability. IHMI’s vision IHMI’s vision is to:

  • Develop a unique methodology to produce clinically validated, market driven interoperability solutions at the pace of innovation.
  • Leverage an open, community based clinical review process to ensure fitness and consensus of proposed standards.
  • Focus our efforts on data portability and common data model standards.
  • Marshal the unique attributes and resources of the AMA to establish an industry leading initiative that is self-sustaining.

A data-driven problem

There is a massive volume of newly generated health data forthcoming via the internet of things (IoT) explosion, presenting a need to normalize, aggregate and join specific data elements across disparate sources to better manage population health.

Focus on data portability

To solve health care interoperability, two fundamental challenges exist: data liquidity and data portability. IHMI will focus on solutions that advance data portability.

Data Liquidity

  • The unlocking of data from walled gardens – either by moving physically or through remote access.
  • Does not ensure consistent meaning or the ability to aggregate, compare and fuel analytics needed to better understand population health and manage risk.

Data Portability

  • Becomes first order problem once liquidity is established.
  • Ensures data can be interpreted, aggregated and leveraged for routine care, population health and risk management. Inherent in this definition is the appropriateness of the content to specific use cases.
  • IHMI common data model addresses the need for a normative model to empower data aggregation, designed to fuel analytics and real world research.

Why the American Medical Association?

The AMA has the unique ability to convene medicine and technology around market-driven solutions that are meaningful to clinical practice. We represent the interests of patients and physicians across the house of medicine, serve as an honest broker and leverage our proven track record as an organization with stamina and sustainable leadership.

Our Collaborators

IHMI develops open data standards and welcomes engagement with collaborators that wish to participate in the development, testing, and in-practice use of IHMI data standards.  IHMI welcomes feedback from all individuals and organizations across the healthcare industry that wish to assist in making health data useful and actionable through the development of data portability standards.  Collaboration does not imply and is not intended as a promotion or endorsement by the American Medical Association (AMA) of any third-party organization, product, or service.