Google and Meditech to pilot integration of Care Studio software into EHR

Google plans to integrate its Care Studio clinical software into Meditech’s electronic health records system, the companies announced Tuesday at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society trade show in Orlando, Florida.

Google Health and Westwood, Mass.-based EHR provider Meditech will work together to integrate Care Studio, an EHR research tool that was tested separately in St. Louis-based Ascension, into Meditech’s Expanse EHR. Care Studio normalizes patient data and provides an interface where clinicians can search for details in a patient record to quickly find information.

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The search capability uses artificial intelligence to understand medical data, so clinicians can search for phrases or abbreviations that are not verbatim the way information is written in a patient record.

Google Health last week at the ViVE Health IT conference in Miami Beach, Florida also unveiled a feature that uses natural language processing to analyze patient records and create a summary view that aggregates data related to conditions. specific.

“To better support clinicians, we need to adapt to their current way of working,” said Paul Muret, vice president and general manager of the Care Studio team at Google Health, in a blog post published Tuesday. “Collaborations with EHRs, like Meditech, will help us seamlessly integrate Google Health tools into existing clinical workflows, so we can help eliminate friction for clinicians.”

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The collaboration with Meditech marks the first Care Studio partnership announced by Google Health with an EHR company.

Google Health hopes to integrate with other EHR companies, according to a company spokesperson, who declined to share financial details of the partnership with Meditech.

Google Health is in the early stages of partnering with Meditech, which will begin by piloting the Care Studio integration for customer feedback.

“This is the first step in a long-term collaboration between Meditech and Google Health,” Helen Waters, COO of Meditech, said in a press release. It builds on a separate partnership Meditech entered into with Google Cloud in 2019 for the tech giant to host a cloud-based version of its EHR Expanse.

Care Studio was first tested in Ascension, part of a controversial partnership the health system entered into with Google in 2018, which raised concerns among some privacy advocates about the protection of data. patient data. Ascension and Google maintained that the partnership is covered by a business associate agreement they signed, as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Ascension expanded its Care Studio pilot to early 2021, and later that year Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announced it would pilot Care Studio as well.

Google does not own or sell patient data from its Care Studio partners, Muret wrote in his blog post, and patient data may not be used for advertising purposes. Use of patient data with Care Studio complies with healthcare regulations such as HIPAA, and patient data is encrypted and hosted in an access-controlled environment separate from other Google customer and consumer data, a he added.