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Mayo Clinic and Google partner to transform health care

Steve Rogerson
September 17, 2019



The Mayo Clinic and Google have announced a ten-year partnership to redefine how health care is delivered and accelerate the pace of health care innovation through digital technologies.
 
Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic selected Google Cloud to be the cornerstone of its digital transformation. Mayo plans to use cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to redefine health care delivery, bringing together global providers and consumers to make health care better.
 
"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 to develop technology for people who want medicine to deliver on the promise of scientific and technological advances.
 
With the help of Google, Mayo Clinic aims to 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 should be able to develop and deploy machine-learning models designed to improve treatment precision and clinical outcomes of diseases.
 
"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. "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. 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."
 
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 authorise the use of data in projects to create new health care insights with partners, including Google. Mayo Clinic says it will manage access to all data using rigorous long-standing institutional controls.
 
"With one of the most robust sources of clinical insights in the world, Mayo Clinic is well-positioned to lead digital transformation in health care," said Christopher Ross, chief information officer at Mayo Clinic. "Our partnership will propel a multitude of AI projects currently spearheaded by our scientists and physicians, and will provide technology tools to unlock the value of data and deliver answers at a scale much greater than today."
 
Under the partnership, Google also will open an 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 computing techniques to health care problems.
 
"As health care embraces digital innovation, management and analysis of complex data will become increasingly important," said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. "We are thrilled that Mayo Clinic has selected Google Cloud as the bedrock of its digital transformation. We look forward to helping the renowned medical centre transform health care to serve patients around the world."