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Google Cloud Teams Up With LifePoint To Expand Healthcare Data Engines

 |  September 19, 2022

Google Cloud has penned a multiyear strategic partnership with the healthcare company LifePoint Health in order to implement Google Cloud’s healthcare data engine in its hospitals.

LifePoint will utilize Google’s HDE to improve community-based healthcare delivery in the 29 states where the company operates. Clinicians will gain near real-time, globalized views of patients’ records as opposed to isolated data sets, according to a press release. With LifePoint’s far reach into rural communities, the partnership is expected to improve quality of care in historically marginalized populations, executives said. 

“LifePoint Health is fundamentally changing how healthcare is delivered at the community level,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in a press release. “Bringing data together from hundreds of sources and applying AI and machine learning to it will unlock the power of data to make real-time decisions—whether it is around resource utilization, identifying high-risk patients, reducing physician burnout or other critical needs.”

Previously, LifePoint utilized myriad disparate electronic medical record systems. Google Cloud says its healthcare data engine offers a holistic view of patients provided by combining medical records, clinical trials and research data, along with other informational sources, in order to avoid gaps in knowledge. Google Cloud’s HDE contains the Google Cloud Healthcare API which is customized to offer longitudinal insights in FHIR. Google believes the design expands data interoperability for both in-person care and virtual settings.

LifePoint will implement the system at its 60 acute care facilities, 30-plus rehabilitation and behavioral health hospitals and 170 additional centers of care. The partnership adds to LifePoint Forward, an initiative to develop innovative technological solutions with organizations like HealthCatalyst, Specialist TeleMed and 25m Health.