Google on Wednesday relied on its commitment to modernize the medical system with an agreement to run cloud computing power for U.S.-based HCA Healthcare.
Google Cloud will create a “safe and dynamic” analytics platform for HCA, which has about 186 hospitals and 2,000 medical and clinical centers spread across the United States and Britain, according to the companies.
“Next-generation care demands support for data science-based decisions, so we can focus more acutely on safe, efficient, and effective patient care,” said Sam Hazen , executive director of the ACH, in a joint statement.
The alliance occurs as the pandemic has accelerated the trend toward the trend toward remote tasks, even when it comes to doctors consulting patients.
According to the group, HCA Healthcare doctors and nurses accumulate about 32 million patient meetings each year.
And, like many others, they often depend on mobile devices.
According to the companies, Google will provide caregivers with workflow, analysis and alerting tools to respond quickly and insightfully to patients.
The Internet title also helps to improve systems for running support operations such as supply chains and human resources.
“The cloud can be an accelerator for healthcare innovation, especially to drive data interoperability, which is critical to streamlining operations and providing better care quality to improve patient outcomes,” said Thomas Kurian, head of Google Cloud.
The financial terms of the multi-year partnership were not disclosed.
Google and HCA said there will be security to protect health data, which is strictly protected by U.S. law.
The association is likely to draw the attention of U.S. officials, some of whom expressed concern in 2019 after Google announced an alliance with Ascension, a nonprofit, of U.S. health systems.
At the time, a U.S. Congressional committee asked to be informed of a recently introduced Google project to modernize health care, giving Internet access to medical data titles of millions of people.
The project was codenamed “Nightingale”, evidently in homage to Florence Nightingale, whose nursing work during the Crimean War in the 1850s is attributed to her transformation into a profession.
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