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Accelerating medicine’s AI race, Google is releasing a version of its generative language model to health care customers who will begin testing its ability to perform specific tasks in medical and research settings, STAT has learned.

The AI tool, known as Med-Palm 2, will be distributed to a select group of Google’s cloud computing customers over the next several months, with the goal of assessing its ability to accurately and safely sift through and summarize vast stores of medical information.


The move will intensify competition with GPT-4, the model built by OpenAI that has triggered a flood of speculation about the ability of generative AI tools to help workers in many industries, including health care, do their jobs faster and better. Microsoft, a major investor in OpenAI, unveiled plans Wednesday to embed generative AI tools into its own health care computing services.

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