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Google partners with key players to advance medical imaging

Among the companies using the search giant's services are Change Healthcare, Dicom Systems, Kanteron Systems and Zebra Medical Vision.

Google partners with key players to advance medical imaging

Google keeps pushing its cloud services to the healthcare space. In the last few days, the search giant has announced a few partnerships to advance medical imaging.

One of them is with Nashville, Tennessee-based Change Healthcare, which will combine its imaging expertise with Google's AI technology to deliver better data-driven insights to providers. As part of the deal and to enable seamless sharing of images, Change Healthcare is also utilizing Google Cloud's G Suite to develop new solutions.

"In today's dynamic healthcare industry, providers are looking for new ways to improve patient care," Erkan Akyuz, Change Healthcare's executive VP and president for imaging, workflow and care solutions, said in a statement. "That is why Change Healthcare will be working with Google Cloud to introduce innovative technologies and solutions to address the challenges healthcare providers face both today and in the future."

Another company that has signed a deal with Google is Campbell, California-based Dicom Systems. It aims to launch a hybrid, cloud, vendor-neutral archive, de-identification and imaging data supply chain platform called the Universal Cloud Archive Adaptor. The goal of this offering is to simplify the cloud adoption process and make it easier for organizations to store images in the cloud.

"The Universal Cloud Archive Adaptor is the point of origin in a data supply chain that will serve the medical imaging research and development market," Dmitriy Tochilnik, Dicom's president and CTO, said in a statement. "We believe this is how the imaging community should crowdsource for health data: by bringing customers to the frontline where they can innovate alongside us."

Then there's Kanteron Systems, which is using Google Cloud's AI to help radiologists, surgeons and oncologists share patient data and have access to the proper clinical information. And finally, Zebra Medical Vision, which relies on Cloud Machine Learning Engine to help providers identify specific patient conditions.

"Medical imaging is a critical pillar of modern healthcare: It's estimated that more than 300 million advanced imaging procedures are performed a year, and the majority of medical interventions require some type of imaging for diagnostic purposes," Google Cloud Vice President of Healthcare Gregory Moore wrote in a recent blog post.

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