Healthcare IT vendors Change Healthcare and Nautilus Medical have announced initiatives with Google to develop imaging solutions and improve providers' ability to exchange images.

The announcements were made in conjunction with the start of the annual conference of the Radiological Society of North America.

The announcements underscore increased interest by vendors and healthcare organizations in using cloud-based solutions to hold and manage radiology studies.

Change Healthcare is forming a strategic relationship with the Google Cloud through which the companies will work together to develop solutions for the healthcare industry, beginning with healthcare imaging.

The companies say the initiative will combine Change Healthcare’s clinical knowledge and expertise in healthcare imaging with Google Cloud’s capabilities in artificial intelligence, analytics and infrastructure. The goal is to help enable “real-time collaborative care and augmented radiology workflows,” an announcement noted.

Specifically, Change says it will work on ways to use Google Cloud’s machine learning technology to find actionable insights for providers. Change will also work with Google to use its cloud G Suite “to create solutions that connect care teams, no matter where they are located.”

“Combined solutions built on the Google Cloud platform have the potential to provide a scalable data infrastructure that better supports the needs of healthcare providers with more relevant, pervasive and cost-effective solutions,” says Erkan Akyuz, executive vice president and president for imaging, workflow and care solutions for Change.

In another announcement, Nautilus Medical is working with the Google Cloud Technology Partner program in releasing an image exchange and patient information storage and distribution system.

Nautilus says it will use technologies available on the Google Cloud platform to provide the Nautilus image management platform, with increased security as well as other management and analytics capabilities.

“The relationship between Nautilus and Google will deliver more capabilities to more sites, including underserved professionals in offices that could use this powerful platform, but do not have a budget for more expensive offerings,” says Timothy Kelley, CEO of Nautilus. The company offers a pay-per-use model that enables organizations to reduce costs by paying for only those radiological management services that they actually use.

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