Google will develop healthcare algorithms for HCA Healthcare Inc. under a multiyear agreement, the WSJ reported.

  • Under the agreement, Google and HCA engineers will establish algorithms based on patient records to improve efficiency and monitoring, and guide doctor’s decisions.
  • The deal involves data consolidation and storage with Google from digital records and internet-connected medical devices.
  • Google will not gain access to identifying information, and will only access data when needed with consent from HCA.
  • HCA will retain full control of the access to the data, as personal patient information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  • HCA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Perlin said the partnership will bring about a “central nervous system” that will assist in the interpretation of various signals.
  • Google earlier inked similar deals with other hospital systems such as Ascension which gave the tech giant access to personal patient information. This drew public ire.

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