Ten multispecialty medical groups have committed to participate in the data warehouse project of the American Medical Group Association, Alexandria, Va.
Representing more than 4 million active patients, the medical groups have signed long-term agreements to provide electronic health information to the warehouse, called Anceta, according to AMGA.
Seven new medical groups have joined three groups that participated last year in a pilot project demonstrating the primary operational elements of the data warehouse. The warehouse provides medical groups and, eventually, other commercial healthcare organizations with access to comparative data and benchmarks for practice management, clinical performance, product performance, health outcomes, economics and quality of care, according to AMGA.
Anceta CEO Jeffrey Hill says the groups have not yet been identified because "we have taken a very conservative approach to all of our privacy policies--not only with HIPAA and human research subjects, but also the privacy of medical groups and caregivers, at least for now."
The next phase will be a one-year transition of the 10 groups' data to production level, with the goal of adding data from 25 to 50 medical groups over the next three to five years, says Hill.
Anceta plans to have data from all 10 groups fully loaded within the next year, with some groups capable of providing monthly or quarterly updates, Hill says.
He says the speed of development will depend in part on alliances targeting commercial development with additional medical-group partners and pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.