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IBM launches Watson Health global analytics cloud

Lucas Mearian | April 15, 2015
Partnerships also announced with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic to improve use of consumer and medical devices.

Johnson & Johnson recently launched Patient Athlete, a pre and post operative video health coaching program, but Watson's analytics and "cognitive" capability will enable the program to grow into a virtual patient coach, working with patient data to tailor a post-operative recovery coaching program.

Johnson & Johnson also plans to launch new health apps targeting chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, which take up as much as 80% of $7 trillion global healthcare spending, according to Greer.

Medtronic will leverage the Watson Health Cloud insights platform to collaborate with IBM around delivery of new highly personalized care management services for people with diabetes. The system will receive and analyze patient information and data from various devices including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and use this information to provide dynamic, personalized diabetes management strategies to patients and their providers.

Rhoden said Watson Health will include the open source sharing of code, so that any company can become a partner and develop applications for the platform.

"They'll be solutions we bring to market, solutions we work with others to bring to market, and startups can even take advantage of the analytics to build future solutions," Rhoden said.


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