Google might be building an EHR: 4 notes

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Google may be building its own EHR and analytics system, according to a July 2017 patent application that was published by the U.S. Patent Office Jan. 31, the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter reports.

Google's 40-page patent application describes a "system and method for predicting and summarizing medical events from electronic health records."

Four notes:

1. The patent application listed 21 Google employees as its inventors, including the head of Google.ai and senior research fellow Jeffrey Dean, PhD.

2. According to the application, the system has three parts:

  • Storage for aggregated EHR data from millions of patients
  • Deep learning capabilities to analyze records in a standardized data format
  • A configuration with clinician-facing device to display the predicted clinical events, as well as the patient's relevant past medical history

3. The application notes the system is designed to help clinicians sift through data, provide forward-looking clinical insights and details as to how those predictions were made, according to Politico.

4. Google declined to comment on Politico's report.

To access the full patent application, click here.

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