Emory, Verily team to find medication and lab ordering solutions

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Alphabet’s life sciences division Verily will help Emory Healthcare analyze its medication and lab ordering patterns to improve the provider’s cost-effectiveness, operational efficiency and quality.

The Atlanta-based academic health system will tap Verily’s core capabilities in data science, analytics, as well as user experience and product development.

“As physicians, we can improve what we can measure,” said Vivian Lee, MD, president of health platforms at Verily. “This initiative will put actionable data in the hands of teams on the front lines of care delivery. Emory Healthcare is already on the forefront of harnessing data to improve healthcare quality and innovation. We look forward to learning from this impressive partner and to deploying new solutions to old problems.”

Ultimately, the goal of the partnership is to deploy solutions to identify value opportunities and drive organizational change at Emory.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Verily on ways to leverage ‘big data’ responsibly and focus on implementation science to critically improve the quality, safety and value of care we provide,” said Jonathan Lewin, MD, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “We look forward to unlocking new insights that can help our team increase efficiency and enable us to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment of patients at the point of care.”

Emory is the latest healthcare organization to partner with Verily. In October, Atrius Health—New England’s largest independent medical group—announced a partnership with the company to better treat heart failure patients and reduce their risk of hospitalization.

Working together, the two organizations will analyze Atrius Health’s population health data to discover clinical drivers of hospitalizations among these patients. The aim is to develop new tools to help clinicians intervene earlier with different types of heart failure patients to reduce emergency department visits.

In addition, the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Healthcare System has teamed with Verily to analyze and improve the value of care delivered for high priority conditions, beginning with total knee arthroplasty, acute myocardial infarction and alcohol withdrawal care.

The VA is looking to empower its staff with the tools to increase quality and efficiency as well as identify new opportunities for enhanced practice guidelines for the agency’s sites nationwide.

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