Google Cloud launches 3 new accelerators for its healthcare data engine

November 16, 2022 : HealthcareDive, despite separating its health-specific unit last year, Google has stayed active in the healthcare industry, creating Fitbit’s medical device capabilities, creating new provider meeting scheduling capabilities online, and launching tools to support healthcare companies making their medical photos more interoperable and develop artificial intelligence and machine learning standards around them.

Google’s Healthcare Data Engine, established last fall, allows healthcare organizations to ingest enormous amounts of clinical data and utilize industry-specific data, imaging, and privacy standards to yield insights, according to the company, quickly. The goal is to give customers a globalized view of patient records instead of maintaining data siloed in isolated datasets.

Google stated that the three unique accelerators for HDE could help businesses use that near-real-time look into to data, analytics, and AI to manage health equity, patient flow, and value-based care.

Significantly, the health equity accelerator helps connect patients to the community and help to improve outcomes by leveraging social determinants of health data. Patient flow and scheduling give systems aggregate data and visualizations to assist in managing patients more effectively, intending to enhance operations, Google stated.

Finally, the value-based care accelerator will aid healthcare companies analyze population health metrics by combining claims and clinical data to recognize trends.

LifePoint is Google’s latest customer for HDE, with the 29-state hospital system declaring in September that it wrote a multiyear strategic partnership with Google Cloud. In a release on the recent accelerators, LifePoint SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Jessica Beegle stated that HDE is appealing to LifePoint as it delivers more valuable data for its clinical teams and is personalized to the requirements of LifePoint’s markets.

Cloud giants like Google and Microsoft compete for valuable healthcare cloud market share as they run to compete with Amazon Web Services, which already holds 40% of the market, as per to research and markets. Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud save 18% and 12% market share, respectively.

The year 2019, Providence, Humana, and Walgreens reached data-storage deals with Microsoft; EHR vendor Cerner known as Amazon Web Services its chosen cloud host, and academic medical center Mayo Clinic wrote a 10-year deal with Google. In 2021, Google opened a new headquarters by Mayo’s main campus, boosting its investment in the partnership. Nashville-based HCA Healthcare also inscribed on with Google in 2021.

Meanwhile, Amazon has revealed deals this year with Boston-based Tufts Medicine and Pennsylvania-based Geisinger.