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How Chrome Enterprise is helping healthcare companies provide better patient experiences

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

As Robert Reiss recently said in Forbes, “the only constant in healthcare is change.” The digital landscape in healthcare is no exception. While patient needs are increasing, pressures to keep costs down have mounted. On the technology front, stories about data breaches dominate the headlines. And yet the industry has come to increasingly realize it must use IT as a facilitator to deliver more and better care at a lower cost. For many organizations, the solution has been to move more workloads from traditional systems to the cloud.

One way many organizations have addressed this opportunity has been through the adoption of Chrome Enterprise and Chrome devices. Because it can be faster, more secure and integrated with critical virtualization solutions, Chrome OS has seen rapid adoption in the healthcare sector. Organizations like Middlesex Hospital and Chapters Health System are using Chrome Enterprise to provide a secure, future-proof entry point to the cloud, connecting their staff to data-driven systems so they can focus on what’s most important—delivering great patient care.

Bringing Chrome OS to healthcare organizations

From secure, self-service kiosks to shared nurse workstations, there are many ways Chrome OS can offer better experiences for staff, visitors and patients alike. And with a variety of formats and price points, Chrome devices have the flexibility to fit a broad range of use cases. Here are a few things the healthcare industry can do with Chrome Enterprise:

  • Free up staff from fixed workstations: By deploying Chromebooks, staff gets easy access to apps and virtualized clinical software no matter where they are. This access means they can spend less time at a desk and more time helping patients and providing excellent care.

  • Connected operations: Improving operational efficiency and making training more accessible with shared Chrome devices and cloud-based resources provides cost efficiencies for IT without compromising quality or data security.

  • Give patients more control: Self-serve kiosks with easy to manage digital signage can keep patients informed of appointment status or next steps in real-time.

Learn more about Chrome OS at HIMSS

This week at the HIMSS Health IT Conference, we’ll be on hand to chat about our latest Chrome Enterprise solutions and technology partnerships, including a new collaboration between Healthcast, Citrix and Chrome OS that aims to provide a more secure and economical approach to data access.

QwickACCESS for Chrome devices, Healthcast’s unique proximity badge functionality, empowers healthcare professionals with a secure sign-on option that lets them quickly log in and out of devices with a simple tap of a proximity badge. The integration of QwickACCESS with Citrix XenDesktop provides staff with access to any electronic health record (EHR), non-EHR and legacy applications on Chrome OS using their proximity badge. This solution means staff can spend more time focused on patients, while IT leaders benefit from a system that improves security and compliance, reduces cost and contributes to a better patient experience.

Sridhar Mullapudi, VP of Product Management at Citrix, said of the new partnership: “In healthcare, we’re seeing rapid adoption of Chrome OS for its speed, security, simplicity and shareability, and for its tight integration with Citrix, the industry-leading virtual desktop solution in healthcare. By simplifying access management, the combination of Chrome OS, QwickACCESS and Citrix XenDesktop makes it easy to reduce productivity lags and resolve critical security and compliance issues.”

Expanding security in cloud entry points for healthcare

Since announcing Chrome OS’s expanded endpoint management and controls in August, we’ve been working with our partner VMware to broaden our joint offering. At HIMMS, we’ll show the healthcare industry how they can securely access sensitive data and apps using a Chrome OS device such as a Chromebook. VMware’s Digital Clinical Workspace and Point of Care solutions, powered by their Horizon virtual desktops and applications platform, offer continuous access to clinical desktops and point-of-care applications with the freedom to work from anywhere. You can read more in their blog post.

To learn more about Chrome’s Citrix and Healthcast partnership, VMware’s offerings on Chrome OS, or other ways to bring Chrome Enterprise to healthcare, visit the Google Chrome Enterprise booth at HIMSS at booth # 2829, Level 2, Zone 2 20×40, or view the Connected Healthcare page.


Google Cloud for Healthcare: new APIs, customers, partners and security updates

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

Google Cloud’s goal for healthcare is very much a reflection of Google’s overall mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Applying this mission to healthcare means using open standards to help enable data sharing and interactive collaboration, while also providing a secure platform. Just imagine if all healthcare providers could easily, securely and instantaneously collaborate while caring for you. Ultimately, we hope that better flow of data will inspire new discoveries with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), leading to insights that improve patient outcomes.

This week at HIMSS we’re showcasing our progress toward serving this mission through our Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite and Chrome solutions, our work with customers and partners, and our focus on compliance and security.

Unlocking data with the new Cloud Healthcare API

We’ve recently launched the new Cloud Healthcare API, which addresses the significant interoperability challenges in healthcare data. The new API provides a robust, scalable infrastructure solution to ingest and manage key healthcare data types—including HL7, FHIR and DICOM—and lets our customers use that data for analytics and machine learning in the cloud.  

As part of our early access launch, we’re already working with a group of customers and partners, including the team at the Stanford School of Medicine. Here’s what Somalee Datta, Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine Director of Research IT, had to say about our work together:

“Open standards are critical to healthcare interoperability as well as for enabling biomedical research. We have been using the Google Cloud Genomics API for a long time and are very excited to see Google Cloud expanding its offerings to include the new Cloud Healthcare API. The ability to combine interoperability with Google Cloud’s scalable analytics will have a transformative impact on our research community.”

Our goal with the Cloud Healthcare API is to help transform the healthcare industry through the use of cloud technologies and machine learning. Healthcare is increasingly moving to the cloud, and the adoption of machine learning will allow the industry to unlock insights that can lead to significant clinical improvements for patients. The Cloud Healthcare API is currently available in an early access release, but over the next year, we plan to roll it out to more customers and partners—let us know if you’re interested.  

In addition to the the Cloud Healthcare API, we have a long history of supporting open APIs directly on GCP. Our Cloud Genomics API has provided an implementation of the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health APIs for many years now. Through an API-first approach, we can help healthcare enterprises simplify data interoperability by providing a strong foundation with cloud infrastructure and services. For example, Apigee enables healthcare enterprises to manage and deploy FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) APIs on top of their existing electronic health record systems.  

How our healthcare customers are using Google Cloud

Beyond our work on APIs, our approach is to give healthcare customers the tools they need to accelerate projects in areas like population health, personalized medicine and clinical research. At HIMSS we’ll talk in more detail about how our customers are using Google Cloud. Here are a few examples:

M*Modal is working with Google Cloud to reinvent the experience of healthcare and mitigate widespread physician burnout. The collaboration leverages M*Modal’s success in adoption of its physician-assistive, AI-based solutions with Google Cloud’s expertise in AI at scale to align innovation with market needs. M*Modal solutions deliver AI-powered, real-time contextual understanding and more enhanced, actionable insights from clinical data to the doctor directly at the point of care.

Lahey Health is making the move to G Suite for its many benefits, including innovation, scalability, collaboration, security and productivity. From the security perspective, they chose G Suite for our team of dedicated security professionals, malware scanning for early detection of global campaigns, and secure end-to-end infrastructure that has built-in protections across many layers.

The Chilean Health Ministry is using Google Cloud’s Apigee platform to provide a nationwide API-based connectivity to help ensure data, applications and services are easily, yet securely, available when and where needed. This connectivity helps secure access to patient information, regardless of whether it’s needed in one of Chile’s 1,000 remote medical facilities or in one of its connected health centers.

Cleveland Clinicis using Google Cloud’s Apigee platform to realize the full potential of their underlying electronic medical record through FHIR APIs. Using a secure, scalable and industry-grade API platform, Apigee allows Cleveland Clinic to enable, augment and extend functionality of their EHR. It’s also enabling them to run advanced analytics and ML-based predictive models, revealing insights to clinicians that help them deliver improved patient care.

Rush University Medical Center is also using Apigee to enhance many aspects of patient care and patient experience. They’re looking to optimize scheduling, identify excess costs, reduce emergency department wait times, reducing readmissions and identifying and predicting cybersecurity threats using Google Cloud’s capabilities in AI and ML.

Color is using Variant Transforms—a new open source tool we recently released that helps export genomic variants directly into BigQuery—to discover new capabilities for their cancer diagnostic service. When the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard first brought the GATK Best Practices pipeline to GCP in 2015, it was $45 to analyze a single genome. Since then, Broad has steadily brought down the cost to a little over $5 by optimizing its use of GCP, while maintaining (and even improving) the quality of the output, and has recently made this same pipeline—at the same cost—available to researchers around the world.

Middlesex Hospital and Chapters Health System are using Chrome to provide a secure, future-proof entry point to the cloud, connecting their staff to data-driven systems so they can focus on what’s most important: delivering great patient care.

How we’re working with partners

Partners are essential to the work we do with healthcare customers. Here are a few that we’re talking about at HIMSS:

Flex introduced BrightInsight, a secure, managed services platform running on GCP. BrightInsight aggregates data to deliver real-time intelligence and optimize the value of connected drug, device or combination products. It’s designed to support CE-marked and FDA-regulated medical devices, combination products and Software as a Medical Device requirements for pharmaceutical and medtech companies. Flex is partnering with Google Cloud to deliver insights with customizable analytics dashboards that take advantage of our advanced machine learning and AI capabilities.

Imagia is transforming the way researchers can investigate disease characterization, progression and treatment response.

To address the increased demand for genomics, Kanteron Systems has introduced telegenomics on GCP as an addition to its Precision Medicine Platform.

Client Outlook has integrated their eUnity medical imaging viewer with the new Cloud Healthcare API, enabling them to provide a seamless visualization experience for medical images stored on GCP.

WuXi NextCODE’s massively scalable genomics database management system and clinical and research applications will be available to all Google Cloud users later this year.

And, on the hardware front, with Chrome solutions and technology partnerships, we’re also announcing a new collaboration between Healthcast, Citrix and Chrome OS that aims to provide a more secure and economical approach to data access. In another example, using VMware’s Digital Clinical Workspace and Point of Care solutions with a Chromebook allows users to securely access sensitive data and apps.

How we’re focusing on security and compliance

We can’t talk about improving healthcare without addressing security and compliance. We’re continuing to expand HIPAA compliance coverage across G Suite and GCP. Today, we announced that Google App Engine and Cloud Machine Learning Engine are covered, joining more than two dozen other HIPAA-compliant GCP services, including Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage and BigQuery.

Come by and say hello at HIMSS

There have been a lot of developments in our work in healthcare over the last year. We’re excited to be back at HIMSS and looking forward to working with everyone there. Stop by our booth and check out our sessions if you’re at HIMSS this week.


The High Five: give a dog a clone

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2018

This week, Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her canine companions are actually clones of her beloved dog Samantha, who died last year. People took to Search to find out “How much does it cost to clone a dog?” and “How does dog cloning work?” In fact, people unleashed their curiosity for “cloned dog” 1,900 percent more than “cloned sheep,” which was the first-ever cloned mammal. (Coincidentally, the sheep was named after another music legend in the news this week, Dolly Parton.)

Here’s a peek at a few other top searches from this week, with data from Google News Lab.

Weight in gold:Leading up to the Oscars this weekend, a top-searched question was “How much does an Oscar weigh?” (We’ll save you the search—it’s 8.5 pounds!). Margot Robbie leads searches for Lead Actress nominees, and Timothée Chalamet is most searched among the Lead Actor nominees. And before the ceremony, go back a few decades with the top-searched Oscar movies of all time.

Not so Golden:Search interest in “California quality of life” was searched 700 percent more than “California cost of living after “U.S. News and World Report” deemed California the state with the worst quality of life.

Listen to this: When Spotify filed to go public this week, search interest in Spotify IPO went up 4,800 percent and people want to know, “Where can I buy Spotify stock?” and “How to invest in Spotify.”

Reading 9 to 5:After donating  its 100 millionth book, search interest in Dolly Parton’s nonprofit “Imagination Library” went up by 270 percent. As a singer and philanthropist, Parton wears many hats—and her most-searched song is “Coat of Many Colors.”


Take a walk on the wild side in Google Earth

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2018

This World Wildlife Day, become one with nature—and its animal inhabitants—on Voyager, Google Earth’s storytelling feature. We’ve launched three interactive tours with, National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy that let you get up close with our planet’s magnificent animals and the challenges they face.

This live cam is owl you need

First, fly to the treetops of Montana with to see owls and ospreys in the wild. You can watch live streams of three different owl species—Long-eared, Great Horned and Great Gray Owls — raising their young in their nests.


All aboard

Hop on the National Geographic Photo Ark, an ambitious project from photographer Joel Sartore to document every species living in human care. Peek behind the scenes to see how Sartore captures these amazing shots, and don’t miss the last page for a choose-your-own-adventure look at 30 of the feathered, furry and finned friends that have already joined the Photo Ark.


Turtle power

Finally, dive into the South Pacific near the Arnavon Islands. Here you’ll find The Nature Conservancy and local communities working to protect the largest nesting site of the endangered hawksbill turtle.



Making a video game in two days with Tilt Brush and Unity

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2018

Imagine you’re playing a video game, and you’re being attacked by a gang of angry space aliens. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just paint an object in 3D space and use it to defend yourself? A talented team of artists and game fanatics explored this very premise at Global Game Jam 2018, a game development hackathon. Seeing Tilt Brush as a fast, powerful and fun 3D asset creation tool, the team at Another Circus used the Tilt Brush Toolkit to create a virtual reality game in less than 48 hours.

“Pac Tac Atac” casts you as a space adventurer who has landed on an alien planet and needs to beam a rescue message into intergalactic space. But watch out, the locals are angry and in the mood to smash your transmitter. It’s up to you to keep them away!

What the aliens don’t know is that you’re armed with two cans of spray paint, that let you  magically draw any object in your imagination to defend yourself.


Once you’ve got your magic object, you can start fighting off the aliens with slices and dices, or by throwing your weapon and calling it back like a boomerang.


“Pac Tac Attack” was built using the Unity game engine, using art exclusively painted in Tilt Brush and exported as 3D models. Using Tilt Brush provided a number of benefits over traditional 3D modeling. For example, to make creating lots of aliens easy for the development team, they first drew different body parts (heads, torso, arms and legs) in Tilt Brush. In Unity, they randomly assembled alien bodies using the body parts they originally painted in Tilt Brush. By procedurally generating bodies in this way, they could easily scale assembling dozens of alien bodies with unique movement styles.


One of the biggest challenges the team faced was optimizing the Tilt Brush art for in-game performance. Given the amount of detail generated by each brush stroke, they improvised by creating assets with fewer strokes (like Jonathan Yeo and his 3D-printed bronze self-portrait), and using Mesh Simplify, a Unity extension, that allows developers to reduce the poly count of their 3D models.  

“Pac Tac Atac” is available for the HTC Vive now. Check out more here.


2018 Google North America Public Policy Fellowship now accepting applications

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 North America Google Policy Fellowship, a paid fellowship that will connect students interested in emerging technology policy issues with leading nonprofits, think tanks and advocacy groups in Washington, DC, and California. This year’s fellows will be given the opportunity to work at a diverse group of organizations at the forefront of addressing some of today’s most challenging tech policy questions. Whether working on issues at the intersection of accessibility and technology or researching the future of work at a preeminent think tank, students will gain valuable hands on experience tackling critical tech policy issues throughout the summer.

The application period opens today for the North America region and all applications must be received by 12:00AM midnight ET, Tuesday, March 20. This year’s program will run from June 5–August 11, with regular programming throughout the summer. More specific information, including a list of this year’s hosts, can be found on our site.

More fellowship opportunities in Asia, Africa, and Europe will be coming soon. You can learn about the program, application process and host organizations on the Google Public Policy Fellowship website.


Simple music-making for everyone

Category: Google | Mar 1, 2018

We started Chrome Music Lab to make learning music more accessible to everyone through fun, hands-on experiments. And we’ve loved hearing from teachers who have been using it in exciting ways, like exploring music and its connections to science, math, art, dance, and more.

For this year’s Music in Our Schools Month, we’ve added a new experiment to the website called Song Maker. It’s a simple way for anyone to make a song, then share it with a link—no need to log in or make an account. Anyone can instantly hear what you made, and even riff on it to make their own song. It lives on the web, so you don’t need to install any apps to try it. And, it works across devices—phones, tablets, computers.

Check it out here and have fun making some music.


Newsroom placements for students across Europe

Category: Google | Mar 1, 2018

Calling journalism students across Europe. If you have a passion for news, want to make and break stories and love technology, we have a program that brings all those skills together—the 2018 Google News Lab Fellowship.

This year we’re offering placements across 10 countries. For the first time, news publishers in Belgium and the Netherlands will be taking part—the Fellowship will open here soon—and each of will offer new opportunities for students to gain valuable experience. 

Applications are open in the following european countries: Austria, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Country-specific applications can be found on the News Lab website

In the coming weeks, the participating newsrooms will select their preferred candidates and identify a Fellow by the end of May. The Fellow will then join the newsroom for a two-month summer placement, and Google provides a €5,500 stipend for each publisher to allocate. Fellows who have completed their placement in previous years say it was a “golden opportunity to get full-time work experience” and an invaluable start to their career in journalism.

Attending a workshop in London, here are the 2017 News Lab Fellows, and one Googler—me on the far right!

During their placement, the Fellows are invited to contribute their ideas to stories and new projects. From fact-checking to data journalism, video to audio, each newsroom offers a unique opportunity. In previous years, we’ve seen Fellows secure a frontpage story, bring new thinking to analytics and introduce emerging 360 technology to their newsroom.

In 2017, selected Fellows from parts of northern Europe traveled to Google in London to take part in a training and innovation workshop. While here, they heard product experts from the YouTube Space and the News Lab and received practical tips to help strengthen their digital newsgathering and visualization skills.

While the program isn’t available on an annual basis everywhere, there are currently Fellowships taking place in Australia, South Korea and the U.S., and we’re always thinking of how to expand and test the program in other countries.

Thank you to all of the news organizations that are taking part this year—for example, Agence France-Presse, Wirtschaftswoche, The Telegraph and LCI—and those who’ve taken part in previous years. Good luck to everyone who wishes to apply!


Oddbods: Capturing kids’ imaginations around the world

Category: Google | Mar 1, 2018

Editor’s Note: As part of our series of interviews with people across the Asia-Pacific who use the internet as a tool to create, connect and grow, we spoke with Sashim Parmanand, CEO of One Animation studios, based in Singapore. One Animation is the creator of “Oddbods,” a multi-award winning cartoon that follows the shenanigans of seven quirky, adorable characters that has over a million subscribers to its YouTube channel. In 2017, Oddbods received its first Emmy nomination for Best Animated Series. In the last four years, One Animation has become a global business spanning over 150 countries, with revenues doubling year on year.  

Tell us about “Oddbods.”

“Oddbods” is a globally loved, non-dialogue comedy featuring seven very different, always adorable pals. Together, they survive the perils of everyday life, turning ordinary situations into unexpected, extraordinary events, with lots of fun and laughter for everyone along the way. 

We’ve received a few industry awards, but there was a collective gasp of excitement in the office when we got an Emmy nomination for Best Animated Show last year! All of the blood, sweat, heartache and tears that went into Oddbods completely paid off in that moment. We also reached a major milestone of 1 million subscribers on our YouTube channel. We’re really happy that “Oddbods” has found passionate viewers among the young and the young at heart all over the world. 


We love the fact that the seven characters have unique “oddities” and that children are taught to embrace their own quirks. What was the inspiration behind the characters? 

Richard, our creative director, watched cartoons obsessively as a child—“Snow White” and “Tom and Jerry” were favorites. He loved the distinct personality of each of the seven dwarfs and the underlying message that despite Tom and Jerry’s ongoing feud, they were the best of friends at heart. These themes of friendship and individuality inspired the creation of “Oddbods.” The Oddbods teach kids and people of all ages to be true to yourself and accept others’ differences.

What has your experience with YouTube been? 

YouTube is a great platform for creators to quickly engage a global audience. Since we’re constantly refining the content of our episodes, we’re able to appeal to different consumers and have driven 3 billion views in just over 18 months! YouTube has also helped us engage our viewers directly and build in fun features in our videos that are not possible in other formats.

While “Oddbods” is one of the fastest growing YouTube channels in the kids’ space globally, what really excites us is our fans’ love for the content. They’re reposting it on their own YouTube channels so quickly that user-generated content growth is faster than our channel’s. This is the biggest accolade we could receive for the show!


How has the show’s success helped grow your business?

 We set up a secondary production location in Jakarta in 2015. The influx of new talent from Jakarta combined with the incredible expertise of our R&D team has ensured that our content is of the highest quality. Meanwhile, our commercial team has grown three-fold over the same period, helping us build and diversify new revenue streams across digital, TV, gaming and merchandising. The show’s success has also helped us forge strong partnerships with industry giants such as Ferrero, Carl’s Junior, the Australian Football League and National Express.


What advice would you give to aspiring creators in the family entertainment content field?

Our shows have always been about creating magical and immersive stories brought to life with the very latest animation techniques. A large part of this is accomplished by creating characters that audiences can empathize with, regardless of culture or language. As a non-dialogue show, “Oddbods” is perhaps the best example of this. They are zany, quirky and funny. But most of all, despite being colorful, non-human characters, they are very “real.” 


What’s next for “Oddbods” and One Animation?

“Oddbods” has captured the imaginations of kids around the globe over the last three years and the brand has been on a journey of rapid development. 

We just launched toys in Singapore, the Philippines and across Europe.  We plan on launching more products globally for our fans, including a suite of apps and games. We expect an “Oddbods” game to be available in AR and VR in the next couple of months!


Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone

Category: Google | Feb 28, 2018

During college, while doing a geophysics internship aboard an oil rig, I realized that software was the future—so I switched my major to computer science. After more than a decade working at Google, I had a similar moment where I realized that AI is the future of computer science. Today, I lead Google’s machine learning education effort, in the hope of making AI and its benefits accessible to everyone.

AI can solve complex problems and has the potential to transform entire industries, which means it’s crucial that AI reflect a diverse range of human perspectives and needs. That’s why part of Google AI’s mission is to help anyone interested in machine learning succeed—from researchers, to developers and companies, to students like Abu.

To help everyone understand how AI can solve challenging problems, we’ve created a resource called Learn with Google AI. This site provides ways to learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems. From deep learning experts looking for advanced tutorials and materials on TensorFlow, to “curious cats” who want to take their first steps with AI, anyone looking for educational content from ML experts at Google can find it here.

Learn with Google AI also features a new, free course called Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC). The course provides exercises, interactive visualizations, and instructional videos that anyone can use to learn and practice ML concepts.

Our engineering education team originally developed this fast-paced, practical introduction to ML fundamentals for Googlers. So far, more than 18,000 Googlers have enrolled in MLCC, applying lessons from the course to enhance camera calibration for Daydream devices, build virtual reality for Google Earth, and improve streaming quality at YouTube. MLCC’s success at Google inspired us to make it available to everyone.

There’s more to come from Learn with Google AI, including additional courses and documentation. We’re excited to help everyone learn more about AI.