Hospitals, Artificial Intelligence, Health Tech

Alphabet subsidiary partners with Emory Healthcare

The partnership adds to Verily’s growing work in value-based reimbursement.

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Alphabet’s digital health subsidiary launched a partnership with Georgia’s largest health system. The company will work with Emory Healthcare to analyze its medication and lab ordering patterns, and will later roll out other big data projects to improve its efficiency.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Verily on ways to leverage ‘big data’ responsibly and focus on implementation science to critically improve the quality, safety and value of care we provide,” Emory Healthcare CEO and President Dr. Jonathan Lewin said in a news release. “We look forward to unlocking new insights that can help our team increase efficiency and enable us to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment of patients at the point of care.”

Based in Atlanta, Emory Healthcare has 10 hospitals and more than 250 locations. Its partnership with Verily is just one of a handful of partnerships the Alphabet subsidiary recently struck.

In the past, Verily had put its analytics expertise to work with biotech projects. It launched a joint venture with ResMed in 2018 to help treat sleep apnea. It also partnered with Gilead Sciences on a study to find the genomic cause of inflammatory disease.

In January, the company raised $1 billion from Silver Lake and other investors to expand beyond its life sciences projects. Verily CEO Andrew Conrad hinted at further work in evidence generation and value-based reimbursement models.

In October, for example, the company announced partnerships with the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Healthcare System and Atrius Heath to help optimize their care delivery. It also started working with Wake Forest Baptist Health in December to find ways to better connect older adults with care professionals while allowing them to be independent at home.

The partnership with Emory Healthcare is another step toward that goal.

“As physicians, we can improve what we can measure,” Dr. Vivian Lee, president of health platforms for Verily, said in a news release. “This initiative will put actionable data in the hands of teams on the front lines of care delivery.”


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