The news: At the HIMSS conference this week, Google Health announced a partnership to integrate Google’s Care Studio with Meditech’s electronic health record (EHR) platform, per a Google blog post.
How does Google’s Care Studio work? It essentially serves as a clinical search tool that lets clinicians quickly access patient information in their personal health record.
For example, providers can type a word like “diabetes” or “hemoglobin” into the Care Studio search bar, and the tool will pull up all relevant patient info across the health system’s multiple clinical softwares.
Quick access to a patient’s clinical information could be handy for physicians already overburdened with paperwork, since patient information is often buried across multiple platforms. Some hospitals have a patient’s MRI results and medical history on two different softwares requiring separate logins, for instance. Toggling between both takes valuable time away from patient care.
Here’s what the partnership means for Google: Its Care Studio has had one-off partnerships with health systems, but partnering with Meditech means reaching multiple new hospital clients.
Last year, Google’s Care Studio inked a deal with major health system Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIMDC) to let clinicians try the tech giant’s clinical search tools.
BIMDC wasn’t its first health system-tie up, though.
Now, the expanded Meditech partnership means Google will eventually get its Care Studio in the hands of physicians at various new health systems: Meditech boasts over 623 hospital clients, per its website.
What’s next? If Care Studio’s partnership is a hit with Meditech’s hospital clients, it would be a jumpstart to Google partnering with larger EHR vendors like Epic and Oracle’s Cerner.
That would help Google’s Care Studio scale more rapidly than with a Meditech partnership alone: