Google Named Partner In Bid For Defense Department’s EHR Contract

Google has been identified as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers-led group bidding for the Defense Department’s $11 billion electronic health-record contract. The bid proposes to build a system on open-source software derived from the Veterans Affairs Departments’ EHR system, VistA. Google is expected to provide services in infrastructure, including cloud, security, storage, networking, and enterprise searching capabilities. Additionally, Google’s search services will allow providers to query EHR data extensively. For example, a physician could query it for all patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, and then search for correlations between patients with the disorder and other factors that led to an improvement or decline in health.

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