Electronic health record giant Epic Programs has been notifying customers that it does not plan to pursue integrations with Google Cloud, and will instead deal with blending into platforms offered by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure service.
That report notes that “insufficient interest” from Epic clients in Google is behind the decision to focus efforts as an alternative with those cloud rivals.
Epic’s VP of Analysis and Development Seth Hain said that Epic invests “substantial time and engineering effort in evaluating and understanding the base Epic runs on.”
Cerner, Epic’s chief competitor in the digital medical records space, which has further chosen AWS for its cloud storage wants, made the selection despite being provided “$250 million in discounts and incentives” from Google.
Cerner has since expanded its connections with AWS, designating it as a preferred artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning provider and aiming to emigrate its core applications to AWS.
Google has been on the defensive for months after the news that the firm had paired up with Ascension Health in a data-sharing agreement that shook the industry.
Google Health VP Dr. David Feinberg pushed back publicly at the Startup Health Pageant last week, defending the company’s alliance.
While Google apparently inked a business affiliate agreement with Ascension, and the scope of the data sharing seems to be in line with HIPAA allowances, there are nonetheless many questions about how the affected person information is being used.