Google, HCA developing healthcare algorithm
Alphabet’s Google and national hospital chain HCA Healthcare are teaming up to create healthcare algorithms from patient medical records.
Multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud aims to leverage information technology from HCA Healthcare to advance business digital transformation, press release says Wednesday (May 26). The goal is to develop a “secure and dynamic data analytics platform” for HCA to advance business models that will target “actionable insights and improved workflows,” the statement said.
“Next-generation care requires data science-based decision support so that we can focus more strongly on safe, effective and efficient patient care,” said Sam Hazen, CEO of HCA Healthcare.
The company expects that its partnership with Google Cloud will provide the tools necessary to enable doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to act quickly if a patient’s condition changes.
“The cloud can be an accelerator of innovation in healthcare, in particular to foster data interoperability, which is essential to streamline operations and deliver better quality of care to improve outcomes for patients, ”said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.
“Data is pulled from each patient in real time,” noted Dr. Jonathan Perlin, medical director of HCA, according to a Wall Street Journal report. “Part of what we are building is a central nervous system to help interpret different signals.”
HCA, which has hospitals at 2,000 locations in 20 states and the UK, will allow Google to mine the data when needed, but the search giant can also develop analytics tools without patient records. HCA can then test the models independently, Chris Sakalosky, general manager of healthcare and life sciences at Google Cloud, told the WSJ. “We want to push the boundaries of what the clinician can do in real time with data,” he added.
The deal gives Google a deeper reach into the $ 3 trillion healthcare industry. The use of digital recordings has triggered mountains of data, making the industry ripe for tech companies and startups. Analyzing the data may lead to better care and new treatments, but privacy concerns persist as more tech companies partner with hospitals, the WSJ reported.
Healthcare data breaches are an undesirable side effect of the digitization of files, cyber attacks have multiplied since the pandemic took hold last year. In March alone, there was a 37% increase in attacks compared to last year, and cybercrime is up 58% since January.
Amazon and Microsoft are also making inroads into the digital healthcare space. Microsoft is working with the Providence Hospital System to develop cancer algorithms using shared data about patients lacking credentials.
In a PYMNTS interview, Dr YiDing Yu, chief medical officer of the healthcare-centric artificial intelligence (AI) platform Olive, said the healthcare system will be improved through the use of advanced technologies. The company is developing automated workflows using AI to streamline manual tasks.