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Microsoft Azure Cloud And AI Expands Data Platform for Health Equity

Microsoft has partnered with provider-led data platform Truveta to leverage its Azure cloud service and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in efforts to advance health equity.

Initially, this platform will represent more than 15 percent of all clinical care across the country to constitute the largest de-identified health data platform in the world. The platform of Truveta will leverage artificial intelligence and Azure to collect insights from billions of deidentified data points, including medical records, images, and genomics.

“Healthcare is generating more data than ever before and there is an immediate need to leverage insights to improve patient care,” Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud + AI at Microsoft, said in a press release.

“Building on the security and scalability of Azure and its AI capabilities, Truveta’s data platform will empower clinicians and researchers to find new therapies and treatments,” Suthrie continued. “Together, our partnership will help advance global health outcomes for all.”

The 17 health provider members of Truveta include Providence, Novant Health, Northwell Health, and Trinity Health.

“COVID-19 has shown us the important role that data plays in helping us rapidly understand, prevent and treat disease,” noted Rod Hochman, MD, President & CEO of Providence. “That’s why we must create a world where new insights enable us to be ready for the next pandemic and address other pressing health issues, including heart disease, chronic illnesses, and cancer.”

“From detection to preventative care to personalized medicine, the opportunities to combine AI with Truveta’s learning community for health create nearly limitless opportunities to save lives with data,” Hochman continued.

The Truveta platform will integrate into Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare to reveal new insights for precision medicine and clinical analytics. Truveta aims to diversify its de-identified data in order to support health equity efforts by expanding its platform through the cloud.

“Healthcare providers and researchers need better data and faster answers to address the most challenging issues in patient care – not just for this pandemic, but for all health conditions,” said Terry Myerson, CEO of Truveta.

“Together with Microsoft, we’re working to accelerate saving lives with data and advancing health equity around the globe,” Myerson continued. “Our mission is to enable researchers to find cures faster, empower every clinician to be an expert, and help families make the most informed decisions about their care.”

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