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More than a year after facing widespread criticism over its patient data-sharing arrangement with hospital chain Ascension, Google on Tuesday unveiled new details and a name for a core product of the partnership.

The tool — a kind of Google search for electronic medical records — is called Care Studio and will now be available to roughly 250 clinicians in pilot mode. The software that lets clinicians search through reams of patient health record data without needing to know precisely where to look. Like the traditional Google search bar, the tool automatically generates responses as a doctor types inside of it, with the goal of retrieving relevant clinical information faster and more easily.


“The goal is to get the doctor or the nurse to spend less time at the computer, so they can spend more time at the bedside,” David Feinberg, the president of Google Health, told STAT last fall.

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