Google Cloud’s Vertex AI to solve healthcare workforce issues

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Announced at the HLTH 2023 healthcare event, Google Cloud has unveiled new capabilities in Vertex AI Search for healthcare and life science organizations that enable medically tuned GenAI-powered search on a broad spectrum of data, including clinical sources.

It will do this by integrating with Google Cloud’s Healthcare API and Healthcare Data Engine, as well as with Google Health’s search and intelligent summarization capabilities from its pilot product, Care Studio. Google Cloud customers can now sign up for early access to try out and share feedback.

Vertex AI Search will help solve issues with workforce shortages, provider burnout and administrative burdens faced by healthcare and life sciences organizations. Vertex AI Search features for healthcare and life sciences companies will help alleviate some of the issues faced and serve as an assistive technology to clinicians and other healthcare professionals.

Burak Gokturk, VP and general manager, Cloud AI and industry solutions for Google Cloud, said: “Bringing Google-quality, GenAI search capabilities across an organization’s entire ecosystem, including EHRs, has the potential to dramatically improve efficiencies, provide clinical decision support and increase the quality of care clinicians can give patients.

“Making Vertex AI Search more useful for healthcare and life science organizations is a priority for us because we know that having the right information and insights at the right time can make all the difference in health.”

Additionally, announced it is building Google Cloud’s GenAI and data analytics tools into its Smart Care Facility Platform to enhance healthcare facility management and patient care and steer towards its vision for predictive, smart care facilities.

By leveraging Google Cloud’s GenAI tools, including Vertex AI, BigQuery and Looker,’s Smart Care Facility Platform aims to reduce administrative burdens, mitigate staffing shortages and free up clinicians to spend more time with patients in 1,500 acute and post-acute facilities where the company’s platform is already deployed.

Finally, Hackensack Meridian Health’s cloud and data modernization is now underway and has moved its first non-production electronic health record (EHR) workload from its on-premise environment to Google Cloud, with plans to migrate its other EHR workloads over the next three years.

First announced at last year’s HLTH event, Hackensack Meridian Health’s cloud migration strategy will enable the network to drive greater innovation and efficiencies, as well as provide the foundation for deploying new technologies such as AI.

Kash Patel, EVP and chief digital information officer for Hackensack Meridian Health, said: “Now that we’ve moved significant data, applications workload and other IT resources from on-premise to Google Cloud, we’re seeing increased agility, improved reliability and security.

“Data is at the core of how we are modernizing healthcare and having all of our EHR workloads and other significant data sources on Google Cloud will help enable us to gain more insights from our data and introduce new services based on analytics and innovation.”