Is Google secretly working on an EHR?

Technology giant Google may be working on an EHR system that can predict patients’ clinical outcomes and summarize patients’ previous medical events, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Politico’s “Morning eHealth” reports.  

The patent application, which Google originally filed in August 2017, lists 21 Google employees as inventors of the new EHR system, including Jeffrey Dean, head of Google AI.

However, according to Advisory Board‘s Greg Kuhnen, media reports may be overstating the patent’s aims. The figures in the patent application seem to suggest a module that sits outside institutions’ EHR, which would be more accurately labeled Clinical Decision Support (CDS) technology than a true EHR system.




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