Microsoft and Truveta have announced a strategic partnership to apply the power of Microsoft Azure and AI to help Truveta achieve its vision of saving lives with data. Truveta – the first health provider-led data platform owned and governed by 17 innovative leading health providers in the US including Providence, Novant Health, Northwell Health and Trinity Health – has selected Microsoft Azure as its exclusive cloud platform. The Truveta platform on Azure will initially represent more than 15 percent of all clinical care in the United States and billions of data points, creating the world’s largest de-identified health data platform.

The two companies will work together to scale the Truveta platform globally, introduce new customers, and accelerate opportunities for more health providers to become members, contributing their data for insights for the common good of humanity.

Terry Myerson, CEO of Truveta, said:

“The COVID-19 global pandemic illustrates so clearly that there is more information, yet less knowledge than ever before. Healthcare providers and researchers need better data and faster answers to address the most challenging issues in patient care – not just for this pandemic, but for all health conditions.”

Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud + AI at Microsoft, said:

“Healthcare is generating more data than ever before and there is an immediate need to leverage insights to improve patient care. Building on the security and scalability of Azure and its AI capabilities, Truveta’s data platform will empower clinicians and researchers to find new therapies and treatments. Together, our partnership will help advance global health outcomes for all.”

An unprecedented data platform

Truveta’s 17 health provider members care for tens of millions of people and operate thousands of care facilities in 40 states. Clinical data from its health provider members represents the full diversity of the US across age, geography, race, ethnicity, and gender. The platform will leverage AI to include insights from billions of de-identified data points, including medical records, images, and genomics. Importantly, data is refreshed daily and continuously flowing, providing researchers with an unprecedented opportunity to learn about the nation’s health every day.

Rod Hochman, MD, President & CEO at Providence commented:

“COVID-19 has shown us the important role that data plays in helping us rapidly understand, prevent and treat disease. That’s why we must create a world where new insights enable us to be ready for the next pandemic and address other pressing health issues, including heart disease, chronic illnesses, and cancer. From detection to preventative care to personalized medicine, the opportunities to combine AI with Truveta’s learning community for health create nearly limitless opportunities to save lives with data.”

Creating a learning community for health

Truveta is also creating a learning community for health, bringing researchers together to easily build on each other’s work, readily share their data-driven questions and answers and ultimately speed their time to insight. Applying AI to health data will accelerate the pace of human learning into real-time learning, which the COVID-19 pandemic made clear the world needs.

Angela Yochem, Executive Vice President & Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health, said:

“The best care in the world is somewhere, but not everywhere. Patients with the same condition can have widely disparate outcomes. The Truveta platform can help address these inequities by building our collective understanding, leading to discovery and better care for all communities. We have been able to provide a great deal of insights to physicians through advanced technology and with Truveta’s unprecedented data platform and powerful tools, we’ll see insights increase exponentially.”