Google, Mayo Clinic team up on patient data and AI healthcare research

The partnership also hopes to build machine-learning models for different diseases, as well as develop AI-enabled digital diagnostics and virtual care offerings. (Wikimedia Commons)

Google and the Mayo Clinic have signed a decade-long partnership 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.

The deal’s roadmap includes Google Cloud serving as the home for all of the Mayo Clinic's data, though the clinic will maintain overarching control of its use and dole out access for individual research efforts.

Additionally, Google will open its own office within the clinic’s home of Rochester, Minnesota, where the tech giant’s engineers will work with Mayo’s physicians and scientists to apply advanced computing techniques. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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"Data-driven medical innovation is growing exponentially, and our partnership with Google will help us lead the digital transformation in health care," Mayo’s president and CEO, Gianrico Farrugia, said in a statement. "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."

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The partnership also hopes to build machine-learning models for different diseases, which the two say they plan to share with other healthcare providers once completed, as well as develop AI-enabled digital diagnostics and virtual care offerings.

"We're proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic in its mission to bring the best health care to every patient," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

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"Health care is one of the most important fields that technology will help transform over the next decade, and it's a major area of investment for Google,” Pichai said. “By pairing the Mayo Clinic's world-class clinical expertise with our capabilities in AI and cloud computing, we have an extraordinary opportunity to develop services that will significantly improve lives."

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