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Google, Health Systems Develop ‘Accelerators’ to Improve Patient Care

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Google Cloud, Hackensack Meridian Health, Lifepoint Health, and others have developed three Healthcare Data Engine accelerators to help healthcare organizations improve patient care.

 By Shania Kennedy

November 17, 2022 – At HLTH 2022, Google Cloud announced three new Healthcare Data Engine (HDE) accelerators, created in collaboration with Hackensack Meridian Health, Lifepoint Health and other organizations to help improve health equity, patient flow and value-based care.

According to a press release, HDE accelerators are designed to improve interoperability and data unification across healthcare systems. Accelerators “offer customized infrastructure deployment configurations, BigQuery data models, and Looker dashboard templates that support the adoption and valorization of HDE for these common industry challenges.”

By addressing these pain points, accelerators have the potential to help support the digital transformation of healthcare systems.

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“Google Cloud’s solution-oriented approach brings together the best of technology and healthcare to help improve quality, improve access and ensure equitable care for patients no matter where they live,” said Jessica Beegle, senior vice president and chief innovator of Lifepoint Health. in a press release. “Instead of giving us building blocks to assemble, they deliver tailored solutions that help us effectively address key challenges in our markets and provide our clinical teams with more actionable data to better care for their patients. Lifepoint is proud to partner with Google Cloud to bring the best of Silicon Valley to communities of all sizes across the United States.”

Each accelerator will focus on a different aspect of improving patient care and health system efficiency.

The first aims to promote health equity by providing health systems with tools to connect patients to community resources, leverage Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) datasets, and improve analytics.


“Promoting health equity and human dignity to improve the health of our communities is a core priority of our network,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, in a news release. “This latest development from our partnership with Google Cloud will allow us to dive deeper into value-based care and accelerate the advances our research teams are making in these areas.”

The second will help health systems improve operations and patient experience by focusing on patient flow. This accelerator is designed to provide aggregated data and visualizations to illustrate a wide range of patient flow metrics, trends and bottlenecks within the healthcare system that can be used to inform performance initiatives focused on clinical operations.

The final accelerator addresses improving the quality of care by advancing value-based care and interoperability. Through this accelerator, health systems can analyze key population health indicators and combine claims and clinical data to create insights into care quality and outcomes.

“Interoperability is at the heart of Highmark Health’s Living Health strategy, and we intend to leverage our blended payer-provider structure to deliver a differentiated healthcare experience for our patients and members,” said Richard Clarke, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Highmark Health. in a press release. “The Healthcare Data Engine is a central enabler of this strategy, and we are excited to announce today’s new accelerators as they will accelerate the time to value for our members.”

Three HDE accelerators will be available in early 2023.