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The Health Collaborative joins Mathematica and the Patient Advocate Foundation in Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Primary Care

Team led by Mathematica Named Finalist in Stage 1 of CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge


The Health Collaborative is partnering with Mathematica, the Patient Advocate Foundation, and MediaAgility on a solution leveraging artificial intelligence and industry-leading methods to achieve goals that drive primary care transformation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) selected the team led by Mathematica as a finalist in the first stage of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge; and was among just 25 teams nationwide selected to advance to Stage 1.

An initiative of the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI), in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the AI Health Outcomes Challenge offers innovators an opportunity to develop and demonstrate AI and machine learning technologies– such as deep learning and neural networks— that can aid clinicians in predicting health outcomes and keeping patients healthy. Mathematica’s solution aims to achieve 3 goals to transform primary care delivery:

1. Enable primary care providers to manage their growing caseloads and financial risk using automation and AI
2. Allow patients to co-create their treatment plan with their provider
3. Create a scalable AI solution that supports CMMI’s primary care portfolio and infrastructure


“We’re excited to make the first round in this challenge and use our expertise to help transform the health care delivery system, particularly primary care,” said Alex Bohl, director of data science and team leader at Mathematica. “This work aligns with our mission to improve public well-being, while the collaboration with CMMI, The Health Collaborative, and the Patient Advocate Foundation speaks to our deep culture of partnerships for progress. Also, by working in concert with MediaAgility we are able to leverage the power of Google Cloud’s AI capabilities to provide novel AI applications.”


“Artificial Intelligence holds the key to driving our system to value,” shares Keith Hepp, CFO and SVP, Business Development for The Health Collaborative. “Imagine a doctor being able to predict outcomes before illness strikes. Participating in this challenge allows us to demonstrate that these predictions through the use of data are well within our reach.”


The CMS AI Health Outcomes Challenge engages with innovators from all sectors – not just healthcare. The Challenge aims to develop AI-driven predictions for healthcare providers and clinicians, including those participating in CMS Innovation Center models.