Meditech pens Google pact to 'bring EHRs to the public cloud'

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Google has been ramping up its cloud-based healthcare offerings over the past year. (Pixabay)

Enterprise health record firm Meditech is teaming up with Google to put patient data onto the cloud.

The Westwood, Massachusetts-based company said it is one of the first vendors to offer an enterprise health record through the Google Cloud Platform. “This new collaboration solidifies Meditech’s commitment to securely delivering greater access to patient data, facilitating interoperability, and enhancing scalability,” it said in a statement.

“This is the future of healthcare,” explained Howard Messing, CEO of Meditech. “We’ve been retooling Meditech for the new healthcare paradigm, reshaping our company to meet the needs of today’s market and today’s customers.

“It began with Expanse, one of the first web-based solutions, released as one of the first full-scale platforms of the post-Meaningful Use era. Now, this collaboration with Google Cloud and our commitment to the public cloud further expands the productivity and agility of our customers.”

The firm said that public cloud also plays a role in allowing facilities to expand security efforts and help combat ransomware attacks. “Whereas many of our customers today have finite resources dedicated to security, the public cloud can facilitate potentially hundreds of additional, deployable resources,” added Scott Radner, vice president of advanced technology.

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“Plans are underway to develop native cloud products as well as APIs to be used on these products,” Michelle O’Connor, Meditech president and chief operating officer, said. “So, the innovations will be extended to our on-premise customers as well.”

“At Google Cloud, we are focused on providing healthcare and life sciences organizations with innovative and scalable technology that can be used to generate novel insights, improve care delivery, and enable greater efficiencies in the healthcare system,” said Joe Corkery, M.D., head of product, healthcare and life sciences for Google Cloud. “We are proud to collaborate with Meditech, to help foster innovation within care systems and advancing data interoperability.”

Google has been ramping up its life science base in recent years, penning cloud computing collabs with Deloitte back in the spring and just last month signing a decadelong partnership with the Mayo Clinic that aims to transform the healthcare institution’s uses of patient data, artificial intelligence and cloud-computing services across all its work from care delivery to product development.