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

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Collaboration with organisations like Lifepoint Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, and others will help businesses operate more successfully and provide better patient care.

Today at HLTH 2022, Google Cloud unveiled three new Healthcare Data Engine (HDE) accelerators that support organisations in addressing common use cases related to health equity, patient flow, and value-based care. These accelerators were created in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health, Lifepoint Health, and others.

The data that hospital administrators and leaders frequently want is compartmentalised and difficult to obtain. It might be dispersed across numerous IT systems that don’t communicate with one another or hidden away in the medical record. Interoperability, or the betterment of data flow and unification across health care systems, is essential to enhancing business operations, patient care, and people’s ability to lead healthier lives.

The HDE accelerators, which will go on sale in the first half of 2023, provide customised infrastructure deployment configurations, BigQuery data models, and Looker dashboard templates to support HDE adoption and time-to-value for these typical business challenges. In order to support HIPAA compliance, HDE makes use of Google Cloud’s dependable infrastructure and secure data storage. Once implemented, each customer’s layers of security, privacy controls, and processes guard against unauthorised access to and use of patient data.

“These accelerators, developed collaboratively with healthcare organizations, will solve a range of industry pain points, and they will unlock the truly transformative power of interoperable longitudinal patient records”, “The kind of transformation needed in healthcare can be daunting and slow, but an incremental, use case-based approach breaks apart these challenges into manageable solutions that capture specific business opportunities and drive innovation.”

Aashima Gupta, global director of Google Cloud’s Healthcare Strategy and Solutions


“Google Cloud’s solution-oriented approach brings the best of technology and healthcare together to help improve quality, increase access and ensure equitable care for patients no matter where they live”, “Instead of giving us building blocks that need to be assembled, they are delivering custom-built solutions to help us efficiently tackle key problems in our markets and provide more useful data for our clinical teams to take better care of their patients. Lifepoint is proud to partner with Google Cloud and bring the best of Silicon Valley to communities of all sizes across the United States.”

Jessica Beegle, senior vice president and chief innovation officer of Lifepoint Health

Improving health equity

Organizations must remove avoidable health inequities and overcome economic, social, and other barriers to healthcare in order to support everyone in achieving their maximum levels of health. One of the new HDE accelerators will promote health equity by offering dashboards to assist organisations in utilising social determinants of health (SDOH) statistics, tools to help healthcare organisations link patients to community resources, and assistance for work with analytics. Social determinants of health (SDOH) are missing from traditional forecasting methods, and this accelerator will include longitudinal patient data from Health Level Seven (HL7) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) as well as SDOH.

“We applaud Google for its innovation around privacy and security, and its ongoing commitment to the Healthcare API and innovation”, “These healthcare accelerators will be important tools for our scientists and innovators to reduce health disparities and inequity.”

Cris Ross, chief information officer at Mayo Clinic

Operational and experiential innovation

Patients are getting more and more annoyed with scheduling appointments and waiting around, and managing inefficiencies can be expensive for businesses. Employee burnout and staffing shortages continue to be important problems in the healthcare industry. Healthcare professionals can enhance patient experiences and care by driving efficiencies in this area. In order to help health systems comprehend a wide range of patient flow metrics and identify trends, potential drivers, and bottlenecks, the HDE accelerator on patient flow offers aggregate data and visualisations. These insights can then be used to inform clinical operations performance initiatives.

Enhancing the standard of care

A growing alternative to fee-for-service reimbursements that links payments to the calibre of treatment delivered is value-based care. Organizations must have access to the appropriate data to evaluate quality and outcomes in order to provide value-based care, and data interoperability is essential to make that data usable for analytics and insights. Utilizing a combination of claims and clinical data, the HDE accelerator for value-based care will assist organisations in trend analysis and the identification of important population health metrics.

“Promoting health equity and human dignity to improve the health of our communities is a fundamental priority for our network”, “This latest development from our partnership with Google Cloud will enable us to delve deeper into value-based care and accelerate the strides our research teams are making in these areas.”

Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, and chief executive officer for Hackensack Meridian Health


“Interoperability is at the heart of Highmark Health’s Living Health strategy and we intend to leverage our blended structure of payor and provider to deliver a differentiated health experience for our patients and members”, “Healthcare Data Engine is a central component to enabling that strategy and we are excited about the new accelerators being announced today as they will speed up time-to-value for our members.”

Richard Clarke, chief data and analytics officer, Highmark Health

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