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Google Enters Agreement With Ascension, The Largest Catholic Health System In The World

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Google (GOOG) has entered an agreement with Ascension, its biggest cloud-computing customer in healthcare to date. Ascension, having operations over 150 hospitals across the United States is expected to move some data and analytics tools in its facilities to Google’s servers. The deal will allow Google to access personal health-related information of millions of Americans across 21 states. Ascension is the largest Catholic health system in the world and the largest non-profit health system in the United States with facilities in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

As per the Wall Street Journal, the data involved in the project would possibly include lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, and complete health history along with patient names and date of birth. Google posted on its blog that the patient data “cannot and will not be combined with any Google consumer data.”

The partnership which is in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) safeguarding medical information is expected to help improve clinical effectiveness as well as patient safety with Google’s AI, which Google has been testing over several years to automatically analyze MRI scans and other patient data to help identify diseases and make analyzed predictions to improve outcomes with reduced costs, as per reports.

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(Read Original Story: Google signs healthcare data and cloud computing deal with Ascension in Reuters)


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