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Mayo Clinic Enters Partnership with Google to Drive Digital Transformation of Healthcare

September 10, 2019

Rare Daily Staff

Mayo Clinic and Google said they have entered into a 10-year strategic partnership with the ambitious goal of redefining how healthcare is delivered and accelerating the pace of healthcare innovation through digital technologies.

Mayo said it will use advanced cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with Google Cloud at the center of an effort to improve care.

“Data-driven medical innovation is growing exponentially, and our partnership with Google will help us lead the digital transformation in health care,” said Gianrico Farrugia, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “It will empower us to solve some of the most complex medical problems, better anticipate the needs of people we serve, and meet them when, where, and how they need us. We will share our knowledge and expertise globally while caring for people locally and always do it with a human touch.”

The collaboration will combine the clinical knowledge and expertise from Mayo Clinic with the digital technology and data security expertise from Google. As part of the agreement, Google will open a new office in Rochester, Minnesota where its engineers will work side by side with Mayo Clinic researchers, physicians, information technology staff, and data scientists to apply advanced computing techniques to health care problems.

Mayo Clinic said with help from Google it will transform the way it advances virtual care with AI-enabled digital diagnostics. Mayo will also leverage Google technology to boost its ability to conduct medical research. Through this partnership, Mayo Clinic said it will be able to develop and deploy new machine learning models designed to improve treatment precision and clinical outcomes of diseases.

Google Cloud will secure and store Mayo Clinic’s data, while working with Mayo Clinic to apply AI and other cloud computing technologies to solve complex health care problems. However, Mayo Clinic will continue to control access and use of its patient data by using Google’s cloud technologies. Mayo Clinic will specifically authorize the use of data in projects to create new health care insights and solutions in conjunction with partners, including Google. Mayo Clinic will manage access to all data using rigorous long-standing institutional controls.

Photo: Gianrico Farrugia, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic

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