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Google Cloud Launches New ‘Accelerators’ to Help Healthcare Companies Improve Health Equity, Patient Flow and Value-Based Care

Collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health, Lifepoint Health and others will help organizations work more effectively and improve patient care

LAS VEGAS, Nov 14 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today at HLTH 2022Google Cloud announced three new Healthcare Data Engine (HDE) accelerators – developed in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health, Lifepoint Health, and others – that help organizations address common use cases around health equity, patient flow and value-based care.

Often, the information that healthcare leaders and administrators need is hidden and not easy to access. It can be buried deep in the patient record or spread across IT systems that don’t talk to each other. Improving the flow and unification of data across healthcare systems, referred to as interoperability, is critical to helping organizations work more effectively, improve patient care and enable people to live healthier lives.

Available in early 2023, the HDE Accelerators provide custom infrastructure deployment configurations, BigQuery data models, and Looker dashboard templates to support adoption and time-to-value of HDE for these common industry challenges. HDE leverages Google Cloud’s trusted infrastructure and secure data storage that support HIPAA compliance, and when implemented, each client’s layers of security, privacy controls and processes protect the access and use of patient data.

“Co-developed with healthcare organizations, these accelerators will solve a range of industry pain points, and they will unlock the truly transformative power of interoperable longitudinal patient records,” said Aashima Gupta, global director of Google Cloud’s healthcare strategy and solutions. “The kind of transformation needed in healthcare can be daunting and slow, but an incremental, use-case-based approach breaks these challenges down into manageable solutions that capture specific business opportunities and drive innovation.”

“Google Cloud’s solutions-focused approach brings together the best of technology and healthcare to help improve quality, increase access and ensure equitable care for patients, no matter where they live,” said Jessica Beegle, senior vice president and chief innovation officer of Lifepoint Health. “Instead of giving us building blocks to assemble, they deliver customized solutions to help us effectively address key problems in our markets and provide more actionable data for our clinical teams to better care for their patients. Lifepoint is proud to partner with Google Cloud and bring the best of Silicon Valley to communities of all sizes the United States.”

Strengthening health equity
To help everyone achieve their highest levels of health, organizations must overcome economic, social, and other barriers to health care and eliminate preventable health disparities. One of the new HDE accelerators will support health equity, providing tools to enable healthcare organizations to connect patients with community resources; support work with analysis; and dashboards to help organizations use social determinants of health (SDOH) datasets, and more. Traditional prediction tools lack social determinants of health, and this accelerator will include SDOH, along with Health Level Seven (HL7) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) data for longitudinal patient records.

“We applaud Google for its innovation around privacy and security, and its continued commitment to the Healthcare API and innovation,” said Chris Ross, chief information officer at Mayo Clinic. “These healthcare accelerators will be important tools for our scientists and innovators to reduce health disparities and inequality.”

Rediscover activities and experiences
Patients are increasingly frustrated with navigating appointments and wait times, and inefficiencies can cost organizations time and money to manage. Staffing shortages and employee burnout remain a major challenge in healthcare. Management efficiency in this area can help healthcare workers improve patient experiences and care. The HDE Accelerator focused on patient flow provides aggregated data and visualization to help health systems understand a wide range of patient flow metrics to surface trends, potential drivers and bottlenecks to help inform clinical operations performance initiatives.

Improving quality of care
Value-based care is an emerging alternative to fee-for-service reimbursements, which ties payments to the quality of care provided. To deliver value-based care, organizations must have access to the right data to assess quality and outcomes, and data interoperability is critical to making that data usable for analysis and insights. The HDE accelerator target value-based care will help organizations analyze trends and identify key population health statistics by combining claims and clinical data.

“Advancing health equity and human dignity to improve the health of our communities is a fundamental priority for our network,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, and CEO for Hackensack Meridian Health. “This latest development of our partnership with Google Cloud will allow us to dig deeper into value-based care and accelerate the progress our research teams are making in these areas.”

“Interoperability is at the heart of Highmark Health’s Living Health strategy and we aim to leverage our blended payer and provider structure to deliver a differentiated health experience for our patients and members,” said Richard Clarke, chief data and analytics officer, Highmark Health. “Healthcare Data Engine is a central component in enabling that strategy and we are excited about the new accelerators announced today as they will speed time-to-value for our members.”

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