Google will access patient data from hundreds of hospitals to create algorithms

At the recent Google I/O 2021 developers conference, Google talked a lot about how it wants to offer new AI-based solutions to aid the healthcare industry. For general users, Google also showcased how skin diseases can be detected by just clicking a photo on your Android phone. Now, in a major development, Google has partnered with HCA Healthcare to access patient data anonymously in the US, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
HCA Healthcare operates across 186 hospitals and around 2,000 healthcare sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding emergency rooms, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom.
The report mentioned that Google’s deal with HCA Healthcare is a “multiyear” contract but it did not talk about how many years Google will have access to patient data.
Google earlier had faced criticisms when it partnered with Ascension Healthcare for its “secretive project”-- Project Nightingale, as per a report by The Verge. And the new deal with HCA Healthcare will give Google access to “around 30 million patient interactions each year”.
The medical data of patient will be stored from internet-based devices and online health reports. Google will save these records anonymously. Google is said to use this data to build new algorithms and create tools to help doctors and then pass them off to HCA to test on its own, said The Verge.
“We want to push the boundaries of what the clinician can do in real time with data,” Chris Sakalosky, managing director of healthcare and life sciences at Google Cloud was quoted in the report by The Wall Street Journal.

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