Logo of Alphabet healthcare business unit Verily Life Sciences …
Logo of Alphabet healthcare business unit Verily Life Sciences …
… Verily Life Sciences advances further into patient care with population health initiatives with the Veterans Administration Health System and Atrius Health …


John G. Baresky

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.

Population Health is an ideal application of Alphabet / Verily Life Sciences technology attributes

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 Veterans Administration Health System 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.

Atrius Health

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 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 is growing its clinical and business 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 others 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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