Google is trying to help doctors and nurses who need to move their practice closer to home.
But it has found itself in a fight with hospitals over how best to manage its growing business.
Google is offering a special discount to hospitals that sign up for its new ‘Health Home’ initiative, which will see them put their facilities online.
Google says the initiative will make it easier for doctors and hospital staff to get into the practice of medicine.
It says the service will cost $500, but will be available for up to 20,000 patients.
There are currently around 300 hospitals in the US, with another 10,000 in Europe.
Google, which has been offering its health-related services free since 2009, has been working on the project for some time, and it hopes to reach 1 million healthcare providers by the end of 2019.
The healthcare group has launched a number of similar initiatives across Europe.
Its Health Home initiative is a way to make the system more user-friendly, but some hospitals have been wary of using it.
“Hospitals are really trying to figure out what’s best for their staff,” said Dr Paul Janssens, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University, in a recent interview with the BBC.
“Is it more efficient for them to get online and see a doctor online or is it more likely to be more time consuming?”
Dr Jansstens added that hospitals are also worried about the potential for the service to lead to a spike in unneeded testing, which could also impact patients.
Dr Jansson, the head of the International Society of Clinical Microbiology, said that while the health-care industry had a long way to go to improve efficiency, the focus should be on improving the quality of patient care.
“If we’re going to continue to improve, we have to focus on what the quality is, and what we’re doing is actually delivering more quality care to patients, and better quality care,” he said.