Google announced Thursday that it would open first office in Minnesota – a new Rochester-based space that will enable employees to work more closely with the Mayo Clinic on an array of ongoing cloud and artificial intelligence projects.
They have been working for a while…
Since launching their 10-year partnership in September 2019 Mayo Clinic and Google have worked closely on a wide array of clinical and operational use cases – pushing troves of data to the cloud, harnessing artificial intelligence for imaging and decision support and exploring novel approaches to COVID-19 treatment and public health.
Even before the collaboration was launched, Mayo Clinic was already a major machine learning innovator. James D. Buntrock, the health system’s vice chair of IT enterprise technology services, noted this past year that Mayo launched an internal workgroup to find new AI opportunities – but “to our surprise, we identified more than 200 activities that were using some sort of AI or machine learning methodology.”
It’s good news to have collaboration between Mayo and Google. It’s good for Rochester to attract a success, innovative and well known company like Google. With any luck that will promote and facilitate more partnerships in the area. It is interesting, at a time when so many people are working entirely online and thinking about making that permanent, that a move like this was made.