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Community Health Systems (CHS), a healthcare provider with 71 hospitals across 15 states announced the successful deployment of its clinical data to a secure, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)-based platform on Google Cloud.

– The deployment, coupled with the planned implementation of generative AI (gen AI) technologies, marks a significant step towards streamlining operations, improving patient care, and empowering healthcare professionals. By embracing data unification and AI innovation, CHS is paving the way for a future where healthcare is more efficient, personalized, and ultimately, better for patients and providers alike.

Unifying Data, Empowering Insights

Prior to the migration, CHS faced the challenge of fragmented data stored across various locations and formats. Accessing and analyzing this information was cumbersome and time-consuming. Google Cloud’s FHIR-based platform acts as a central hub, bringing all data together in a standardized format that enables seamless interoperability and real-time insights. This single source of truth empowers clinicians and administrators to:

  • Gain a holistic view of patient data: Quickly access comprehensive medical records, improving clinical decision-making.
  • Track key operational metrics: Monitor bed capacity, emergency room wait times, and other critical factors in real-time, enabling proactive interventions.
  • Generate actionable insights: Leverage BigQuery, Google Cloud’s data warehouse solution, to analyze data and identify trends, leading to improved patient outcomes and resource allocation.

Revolutionizing Care with Gen AI

CHS isn’t stopping at data unification. They are actively exploring the potential of gen AI to further transform healthcare delivery. Google Cloud’s Vertex AI platform and large language models will be key tools in this endeavor, with applications including:

  • Enhanced Clinical Documentation: Gen AI can assist clinicians in capturing the complexity of care, ensuring accurate and concise documentation.
  • Automated Administrative Tasks: Repetitive administrative tasks like generating denial appeal letters can be automated, freeing up valuable time for patient interaction.
  • Personalized Patient Support: By analyzing patient data and social determinants of health, CHS can provide patients with tailored resources and support, improving overall well-being.

The goal of this migration extends well beyond modernizing our data infrastructure,” said Miguel S. Benet, MD, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at CHS. “By building a secure foundation to take advantage of new innovations in AI, we’re able to streamline our clinical providers’ workflow and advance the way we deliver patient care.”

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