by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | December 05, 2022
Under a new infrastructure agreement, providers using Epic’s EHR system will soon be able to apply HIPAA compliant analytics and AI to patient care by running the medical records system on Google Cloud.
"Having everything with Google Cloud will provide a huge opportunity for discoveries," said Kash Patel, executive vice president and chief digital information officer for Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, which is already making plans to utilize the new capabilities. "For example, data from our AI Avatar for natural language processing will already be in Google Cloud, ready for us to ask questions. This will speed up our work and make information more accessible,”
"Hackensack Meridian Health is leading on two of the big transformations underway across this industry: building a secure foundation for digital infrastructure, and putting data and AI to work for the patient. This agreement with Epic will allow us to optimize it to run on Google Cloud, and we look forward to providing healthcare organizations more choice as they work to deliver better outcomes for their patients,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in a statement.
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Google Cloud and Hackensack are also working on healthcare data engine accelerators
to improve equity, patient flow, and value-based care.
The healthcare data engine accelerators will be available in early 2023 and provide tailored infrastructure deployment configurations, BigQuery data models, and Looker dashboard templates for adoption and time-to-value of HDE.
Financial details between Epic and Google Cloud were not disclosed.