Google Touts Technology Initiatives in Support of War Against COVID-19

Google Touts Technology Initiatives in Support of War Against COVID-19

Academic medical centers, in America and elsewhere, have undertaken a massive pivot to take on the war against SARS-CoV-2. These multi-faceted centers possess a very important resource: human capital and the know-how to use advanced technology tools and products. Researchers—from basic scientists to clinical investigators and data scientists—have turned to a number of data sets and solutions from shared data pools, data analytics, and artificial intelligence algorithms to sophisticated drug discovery technologies. Many of these organizations have turned to the Google Cloud to handle the surge in data faced by many of these organizations.

COVID-19 Google Cloud Credits

Recently published by Analytics India, $20 million worth of Google Cloud credits were made available to researchers in the fight against COVID-19. Google partnered with Harvard Global Health Institute to ensure an orderly and proper distribution—proposals are reviewed by Harvard HI and proposals on a rolling basis.

Google recently touted that free COVID-19 public data sets are available for query like Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering COVID-19 data, the U.S Census Bureau American Community Survey data, and OpenStreetMap data. Google joined the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a group of healthcare tech, and research organizations sharing resources to fight the pathogen. Members include athenahealth, Mayo Clinic, University of California Health System, and others.

Supporting the Public Sector Fight against COVID-19

Google reports pervasive collaborative efforts around the world involving the battle against the coronavirus. In America, the Silicon Valley-based company coordinates with the White House supporting institutions to develop new text and data mining techniques to examine the COVID-19 Open Research Data (CORD-19), the most extensive machine-readable coronavirus repository to date, reports the company. In New York City, the school district uses Google Classroom for more than 1.3 million students, enabling them to continue their studies.

They report supporting agencies such as the Oklahoma State Department of Health to support medical staff with remote care programs; apparently the app, developed with the MTX Group, an emergency response management solution, allows medical staff to engage remotely with at-risk people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.  

In Spain, Google developed an app for the regional government of Madrid to help citizens perform self-assessments of coronavirus symptoms and offer guidance, easing the demands on the health system. Google has partnered with the Italian Ministry of Education to rapidly shift students entirely to remote learning.

The Australian Government Department of Health launched its Coronavirus Australia app built on Google Cloud—offering real-time information and advice about the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. In South America, Peru’s Judiciary branch uses Google Meet to continue ongoing business during the nation-wide quarantine. Consequently, attorneys, lawyers, and clerks can continue to work without being on site.

Call to Action: Health researchers, check out the online application for access to the Google Research Credit application.