Google will use patient data to develop healthcare algorithms

Google has entered into an agreement with the US hospital chain HCA Healthcare to use patient data to develop healthcare-related algorithms. In the US, HCA has more than 2,000 healthcare facilities, including 181 hospitals in 21 states.

The healthcare provider will share data from digital health records and internet-connected medical devices with Google. In addition, the tech company does not have access to information with which to identify patients, according to HCA Healthcare. The healthcare provider has rolled out ninety thousand mobile devices to staff running health analysis software.

"Data is collected in real time from each patient," Jonathan Perlin, HCA's chief medical officer, told The Wall Street Journal . The healthcare provider has 32 million patient contacts annually. “We want to push the boundaries of what doctors can do with data in real time,” said Chris Sakalosky of Google Cloud.

Google and HCA plan to use the data collected to develop algorithms to improve patient monitoring, operational efficiency and physician decisions. For example, it must be possible to respond more quickly to changes in the condition of patients.

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