Independence Health Group, Inc. (Independence) announced an agreement with Google Cloud to improve care coordination and drive operational efficiencies. The work involves moving Independence to Google Cloud’s data and analytics platform. The initiative will create a more forward-looking system to store and analyze data that is secure, scalable, and cost effective.
“Every area of our business is driven by data and dependent on it for success,” said Michael Vennera, senior vice president and chief information officer with Independence. “Timely and secure data is vital to help us analyze health care trends among our members and identify better ways to predict illness and keep them healthy. This move to the Google Cloud helps us keep pace with this work.”
Independence has long been a leader among health insurers in its use of machine-learning algorithms, which rely heavily on data. This work has successfully helped Independence spot cases of undiagnosed diabetes; identify members at risk for hospitalization; and evaluate health interventions that can reduce the number of avoidable emergency department visits.
Moving to Google Cloud will also help deliver a more personalized experience for members and improve care coordination by providing clinical insights in a much faster, real-time manner.
“We’re excited about this enhanced relationship with Independence and its focus on helping to improve operational efficiencies,” said Joe Miles, Managing Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Google Cloud. “Our data-driven focus and use of Google’s best-in-class Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning offers opportunities to improve care across the healthcare landscape.”
Independence carefully evaluated multiple cloud services before selecting Google Cloud for its expertise in data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data protection, including supporting Independence’s HIPAA compliance requirements.