KPJ to bear additional costs from IBM Wat­son so­lu­tion

Ex­tra costs from can­cer care com­put­ing so­lu­tion to be ab­sorbed

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KUALA LUMPUR: IBM’s Wat­son for On­col­ogy for can­cer care is now avail­able in Malaysia through KPJ Health­care Bhd and the hos­pi­tal group will de­ploy this cog­ni­tive com­put­ing so­lu­tion for its can­cer pa­tients at no additional cost to the lat­ter.

The big­gest pri­vate health­care provider by bed­count in Malaysia said the additional costs to de­ploy the Wat­son for On­col­ogy will be borne by the com­pany.

“Can­cer care costs will rise by zero. “We are ab­sorb­ing the costs for the ben­e­fit of the pa­tients and for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try in the big­ger pic­ture.

“But our hope is that the qual­ity of treat­ment will be bet­ter and the out­come will im­prove so that peo­ple will be cured from can­cer,” KPJ pres­i­dent and manag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Amirud­din Ab­dul Satar said at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“It will be based on an op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture model, ini­tially we have spent a cou­ple of mil­lions to start it.

“The more we grow the li­censes, the more we would have to spend.

“It will de­pend on the num­ber of doc­tors us­ing IBM Wat­son and the num­ber of pa­tients that would re­quire the sys­tem: these are based on li­censes.

“And it will also de­pend on the num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties that are gen­er­ated through the sys­tem,” he added.

Wat­son for On­col­ogy is a cog­ni­tive tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion de­vel­oped by IBM in col­lab­o­ra­tion with US-based Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Can­cer Cen­ter (MSK).

It will sum­marise key med­i­cal at­tributes of a pa­tient and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to on­col­o­gists to help them de­liver can­cer treat­ment op­tions based on train­ing from MSK’s on­col­o­gists.

It’s a deal: Chong (right) and Amirud­din shak­ing hands af­ter the launch of IBM Wat­son for On­col­ogy to help on­col­o­gists in Malaysia pro­vide pre­ci­sion med­i­cal care to can­cer pa­tients.

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