VERILY LIFE SCIENCES / ALPHABET PARTNERING WITH TWO HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS
Alphabet and Verily Life Sciences advancing their scope and reach into patient care
Alphabet ( NASDAQ: GOOGL ) announced its Verily Life Sciences business unit is collaborating with California Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Atrius Health, a nonprofit health-care organization based in Auburndale, Massachusetts.
The partnerships involve population health initiatives intended to cultivate innovation to reduce costs and improve care through a combination of data driven insights and providing better support for clinicians.
California VA Palo Alto
The California VA initiative centers on three aspects of patient care:
- Alcohol withdrawal treatment
- Knee replacements
- Heart attacks
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) has three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. The VAPAHCS teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services in areas of pharmacy, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, extended care and other specialties. VAPAHCS operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary to serve over 67,000 enrolled Veterans.
The Veterans Health Administration is the largest healthcare system in the country. Conceivably, the learnings and successes realized through the Verily Life Sciences initiative could be applied to other VA facilities across the United States.
The Atrius Health project will involve heart failure and patient health information data analytics to gain insights to improve interventions. Its goal is to improve heart failure patient care so as to fine tune monitoring and patient support to avoid ongoing cardiovascular episodes that result in emergency room visits and other aspects of acute critical care.
Atrius Health cares for 745,000 adult and pediatric patients at 31 medical practice locations in eastern Massachusetts. Their staff is comprised of 715 physicians and primary care providers plus 425 additional clinicians with their home health and hospice healthcare units.
Alphabet growing its healthcare enterprises
The VA Health System and Atrius Health partnerships are just two of many healthcare initiatives Alphabet and its subsidiaries Google Health, Verily Life Sciences and other are involved with. Healthcare is an ideal industry in which to apply the advanced precision analytics and data management resources of Alphabet.
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