Sundar Pichai, the Chief Executive Officer of the Alphabet, gestures as he speaks during a session of the celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Sundar Pichai, the chief executive officer of the Alphabet, Inc., and is a subsidiary of Google, said on Wednesday that the health sector offers the greatest potential in the next five to 10 years, the use of artificial intelligence in order to improve the results, and the fear that the technology giant will have to comply with the personal data.
In the U.S., lawmakers have raised questions about Google’s access to the medical records of tens of millions of Americans. Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities throughout the United States, Google is the largest cloud computing client in the healthcare industry.
“When we are working together with the hospitals, and the data belonging to the hospitals,” Pichai told the conference, a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“But if you look at the possibilities here. Cancer is so often missed is the difference in the result is in-depth. In lung cancer, for example, of the five experts, who all agree in this way, and five again in the other direction. We know that We will be able to make use of artificial intelligence to make it better,” Pichai added.
Google has, for a number of years, with the development of artificial intelligence for the automated analysis of MRI scans and other patient data to identify disease and to make predictions that are focused on improving outcomes and reducing costs.
The US lawmakers asked the company in November to provide information about the different health systems that provide information to Google, or Ascension day, customers will be allowed to opt-out of the project, and whether or not the data is to be used for commercial advertising.
Pichai said that there was already a strong protection of the privacy regulations in place that provide a framework for Google to update.
Google just picked up a deal in November to acquire a Fitbit, Inc. for $2.1 billion, based on the introduction of the wearables segment, and is investing in digital health. The acquisition is expected to be examined closely by regulators before it is allowed to get too close.
Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis in Davos, Switzerland; Editing by Alex Richardson