The healthcare industry’s fascination with generative artificial intelligence (AI) continues as Google Cloud and the Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration Wednesday.
The two organizations are joining forces to use the Enterprise Search on Gen App Builder to improve clinical workflows, make obtaining information easier for clinicians and researchers as well as improve patient outcomes.
A joint press release stated that the tool brings together healthcare data from across a litany of documents and databases to make it easier for healthcare professionals to use. Additionally, Google Cloud announced that Enterprise Search on Gen App Builder is ready to support HIPAA compliance.
Following the introduction of ChatGPT last fall, the industry has been enraptured by the promise of generative AI and what it could mean for disrupting long-stagnant healthcare workflow issues.
A study released in late January estimated that various types of AI could save the healthcare industry between $200 billion to $360 billion and improve both the patient experience, access to care and clinician satisfaction.
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said generative AI has the potential to transform healthcare by “enhancing human interactions and automating operations like never before.”
He added that Google Cloud, which previously worked with the Mayo Clinic on other digital transformation projects, is going to partner with other healthcare organizations. This is another healthcare-focused play for Google Cloud, which signed a multi-year partnership with Rite Aid in October to create a modern pharmacy experience for consumers.
The Mayo Clinic announcement comes weeks after the tech company launched AI-powered tools to accelerate drug discovery and precision medicine, which are already being used by the likes of Pfizer, Cerevel Therapeutics and Colossal Biosciences.
Meanwhile, the partnership news comes just over a month after the Mayo Clinic launched an ad campaign centered on taking the ‘un’ out of healthcare’s vocabulary.
“Our prioritization of patient safety, privacy, and ethical considerations, means that generative AI can have a significant and positive impact on how we work and deliver healthcare,” said Cris Ross, Mayo Clinic’s chief information officer, in a statement. “Google Cloud’s tools have the potential to unlock sources of information that typically aren’t searchable in a conventional manner, or are difficult to access or interpret, from a patient’s complex medical history to their imaging, genomics, and labsAccessing insights more quickly and easily could drive more cures, create more connections with patients, and transform healthcare.”