Google collaborates with startup to offer $1 medical scans

Zebra Medical Vision, a health-focused artificial intelligence startup, is collaborating with Google to offer its algorithms that read medical scans on the cloud so customers can use them for $1 per scan, CNBC reports.  

Zebra's software can detect anything unusual before humans can, such as liver issues and lung disease, and it is working to advance its capabilities to recognize breast cancer and lung cancer.

Currently, Zebra's software is installed on-site, which can be costly for hospitals. However, under the agreement with Google, its algorithms will be part of the Google Cloud, where a number of hospitals and healthcare systems have recently moved their data storage. Each time a hospital uses the algorithm to study a scan; it will be charged $1. 

"We see two strong trends coming to place — one is the urgent need for more scalable and secure storage for hospitals due to the overwhelming amounts of digital data. The other urgent need is how to analyze this data quickly and accurately to bring value to doctors and patients," Eyal Gura, Zebra Medical Vision co-founder and chairman, told CNBC. "The new collaboration we just announced with Google Cloud will enable hospitals and patients to realize value from both trends."

Editor's Note: This story was updated on Nov. 11, 2017, at 7:55 a.m. A previous version incorrectly stated Google and Zebra Medical Vision were partnering, however, Zebra is just a customer and Google is not currently working with Zebra on any customer integrations. Zebra will use Google's APIs.

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