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Why the Mayo Clinic chose Google as its cloud provider, according to their tech chief

Why the Mayo Clinic chose Google as its cloud provider, according to their tech chief
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Hospitals and tech giants are starting to work more closely together. But a recent scandal threatens to slow the move to the cloud.




In November, Google's work with the second-largest health system in the US came to light, and raised questions about how Google will use the patient information that's being transferred to its cloud.




Mayo Clinic chief information officer Cris Ross told Business Insider the health system decided to work with Google because of the "superiority of technology" the tech giant has.




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Hospitals around the US are weighing the decision to move the information they store from servers they manage to the cloud.
Tech firms like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are all competing for the business, saying they can help hospitals manage and secure large amounts of patient information. For hospitals, the hope is that moving to the cloud would free them from having to invest in costly data centers, ultimately saving them money.
But a recent scandal threatens to slow the move to the cloud. News broke in November that Google was quietly working with the second-largest health system in the US in a way that raised concerns about how much private health information the tech giant had access to and how it might use it.
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