REDMOND and SEATTLE, Wash. — Microsoft is entering a strategic partnership to apply its Azure cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to Truveta’s data platform for health providers.
The platform contains billions of health data points, and the partnership is intended to push Truveta’s vision to digitally “transform health around the world using real-world data and AI,” according to Microsoft last month.
Microsoft is also making a strategic investment in Truveta to “help accelerate how quickly the world can benefit from Truveta insights.” Truveta will become a Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare partner and strengthen Microsoft’s health offerings.
Securing and analyzing health data
Truveta is a platform for de-identified health data owned and governed by 17 health providers in the U.S., including Providence, Novant Health, and Trinity Health.
The platform will initially represent over 15 percent of all clinical care in the U.S., Microsoft said.
Under the partnership, Truveta selected Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud platform. Azure will help the company protect health data, manage compliance, and address regulatory changes.
Truveta will tap into Microsoft’s Azure cloud and AI portfolios to offer insights on data in the platform, such as medical records, images, and genomics. Data in the platform is refreshed daily and “continuously flowing.”
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Scaling data platform for health providers
Microsoft and Truveta will work together to scale the platform globally, introduce customers to Truveta, and create opportunities for more health providers to become members.
Data contributed to the platform by members supports insights “for the common good of humanity.”
“Health care is generating more data than ever before, and there is an immediate need to leverage insights to improve patient care,” said Scott Guthrie, EVP, cloud and AI, Microsoft.
Guthrie said the health data platform will “empower clinicians and researchers to find new therapies and treatments,” and the partnership will help “advance global health outcomes for all.”
Terry Myerson, CEO of Truveta, said the company’s 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.”
“We’re grateful to Microsoft for their partnership and support,” Myerson said.
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Health equity through data
Truveta’s member health providers care for tens of millions of people and operate thousands of care facilities in 40 states.
Clinical data from its health provider members represents “the full diversity of the U.S.” across geography, age, race, and gender, according to Microsoft.
As the Truveta platform receives more data from more member health providers, more diseases and drugs can be studied “in more precise situations — with data that is representative of our world’s demographics, race, and socioeconomic diversity.”
Truveta is also creating a learning community for health care, bringing researchers together to build on each other’s work, share their data-driven questions and answers, and “speed their time to insight.”
“The best care in the world is somewhere but not everywhere,” said Angela Yochem, EVP and chief transformation and digital officer, Novant Health, a data-contributing member of the platform.
“Patients with the same condition can have widely disparate outcomes.”
Yochem said the Truveta platform can “help address these inequities by building our collective understanding, leading to discovery and better care for all communities.”
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