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Google announces partnership with Ascension

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Google has sealed a cloud computing agreement with American healthcare provider Ascension, which will enable the technology company (Google) to further develop the artificial intelligence tools related to this segment.

Google and Ascension, which operates more than 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States; said the healthcare provider is moving some of its facilities to data and analytics tools on Google’s servers.

The partnership will explore applications of artificial intelligence, and machine learning to help improve clinical effectiveness and the safety of the patient.

The deal was mentioned in Google’s earnings call in July, but sparked scrutiny on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Google would obtain personal health information on millions of Americans across 21 states.

The data involved in this project include laboratory results, physician diagnoses; and hospital admissions; and indicate a complete health history with patient names and dates of birth. In a blog post on Monday, Google said under this arrangement, Ascension’s data cannot be used for any other purpose than for providing these services we’re offering under the agreement, and patient data cannot and will not be combined with any Google consumer data,” President, Industry Products and Solutions, Google CloudTariq Shukat wrote.

In a PR, Ascension said the partnership complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects medical information.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has prioritized aggressively chasing business from leaders in six industries, including healthcare, in his first year.

Even Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement. “Health care is one of the most important fields that technology will help transform over the next decade, and it’s a major area of investment for Google.”

While cloud storage is a business thinning profit margins, Google Cloud hopes to differentiate itself from major competitors, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.

Ascension said it aims to use AI to improve clinical efficacy and patient safety.

Google’s blog post did not mention AI but said companies were “in the early tests” on how to best use Ascension’s data.

Google has developed artificial intelligence over the years to create predictions aimed at automating MRI scans and other patient data to identify diseases, improve outcomes; and reduce costs. 

The healthcare partnerships by Google in different verticals are necessary to offer advance technologies with a globally connected network.

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