IBM Brings Healthcare Into the Digital Age

IBM, a New England Council member, is working to bring healthcare into the digital age. Recently, the company announced that it will be adding health care data from more than 200 million people to its artificially intelligent Watson platform as a part of the Watson Health Cloud program.

The new data will come from Truven Health Analytics, which IBM recently acquired along with several other health technology companies to grow the Watson Health Cloud. With the addition of the Truven data, the Watson Health Cloud will have healthcare data from over 300 million individuals. IBM hopes that the data will provide new insights about healthcare and force us to rethink provider compensation, so doctors are paid based on the quality, rather than quantity, of the services they provide.

“There’s this movement towards value-based care,” said Kyu Rhee, chief health officer for IBM Watson Health. “And we are looking to empower different stake-holders in the healthcare ecosystem to leverage that big data into the right insights to make the right decisions to make better value-based decisions.”

The New England Council applauds IBM for its work to modernize healthcare.

Read more in the Boston Business Journal.

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