US-based medical centre Mayo Clinic has teamed up with Google Cloud, a suite of cloud computing services offered by Google, to improve healthcare with generative AI.

The collaboration will initially develop Enterprise Search in Generative AI App Builder (Gen App Builder) to improve the efficiency of clinical workflows.

It will help clinicians and researchers easily find the information required to help improve patient outcomes.

In addition, the Enterprise Search on Gen App Builder solution meets HIPAA compliance, said Google Cloud.

The collaboration builds on Google Cloud’s previous work on Mayo Clinic’s digital transformation, including analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions.

Mayo Clinic is an early adopter of Enterprise Search in Gen App Builder and is exploring how Google-quality search and generative AI can provide healthcare information.

Mayo Clinic chief information officer Cris Ross said: “Our prioritization of patient safety, privacy, and ethical considerations, means that generative AI can have a significant and positive impact on how we work and deliver healthcare.

“Google Cloud’s tools have the potential to unlock sources of information that typically aren’t searchable in a conventional manner, or are difficult to access or interpret, from a patient’s complex medical history to their imaging, genomics, and labs.

“Accessing insights more quickly and easily could drive more cures, create more connections with patients, and transform healthcare.”

Conventionally, healthcare professionals use information from various sources, including medical records, research papers, and clinical guidelines, for diagnosis and treatment.

However, healthcare data is often stored in different formats and locations, which makes it difficult for clinicians to find the information they need.

The Enterprise Search in Gen App Builder solution is designed to unify the data across diverse documents, databases, and intranets, to enable the most relevant results.

Google Cloud said that its generative AI offerings, based on years of research in AI, will provide healthcare organisations with new capabilities to generate new interactions.

Its generative AI tools, like Gen App Builder and Generative AI support in Vertex AI, can help healthcare firms optimise workforce productivity.

Also, the tools help simplify administrative processes, help automate repetitive tasks using technology, and allow caregivers to focus on high-value patient interactions.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said: “Generative AI has the potential to transform healthcare by enhancing human interactions and automating operations like never before.

“Mayo Clinic is a world leader in leveraging AI for good, and they are a critical partner as we identify responsible ways to bring this transformative technology to healthcare.”