Hackensack Meridian Health and Google expand partnership, with healthcare system migrating to Google Workspace and using Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies for disease detection.
The Edison, New Jersey-based healthcare and tech giant entered into a partnership in 2019, giving the provider access to Google Cloud data storage and analytics solutions.
Now, the healthcare system will use Chrome operating system (OS) devices in clinical and business operations, becoming one of the first healthcare systems in the country to do so.
Hackensack Meridian Health deployed 3,000 Chromebook laptops with Citrix, enabling virtualization and networking of servers, applications and desktops, providing secure access to core applications as employees begin working remotely . The system has also deployed Chromeboxes – small desktops that run Google’s Chrome operating system – and Chrome browsers.
Migration to Google Workspace and Chrome OS “devices simplifies tasks and facilitates seamless interactions between frontline workers, such as clinicians and care teams, office workers, administrators and patients wherever they are. lie, “said Kash Patel, executive vice president and chief information and digital officer. Head of Engagement at Hackensack Meridian Health, in an email.
The provider will also use Google Cloud AI to support screening for diseases such as Covid-19, breast cancer, prostate cancer, sepsis and congenital disorders in newborns.
“These initiatives will help physicians and healthcare teams and enable them to provide better care, at scale,” Patel said.
But privacy remains an issue when it comes to involving tech companies in patient care. Just weeks ago, Google and its subsidiary DeepMind were taken to court over a partnership with Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust involving the sharing of 1.6 million patient records with the tech company.
Hackensack Meridian Health relies on Google Cloud’s secure base as well as its own NIST 800-53 moderate security base baseline to ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and security.
“Hackensack Meridian Health controls the access and use of its patients’ data. Google Cloud only processes it according to the customer’s instructions – Hackensack – ”Patel said.
The news of the expanded partnership with Hackensack comes about two months after Google shut down its healthcare division. But the tech giant said it will continue its efforts through other divisions, including its cloud business, YouTube and Fitbit.
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