IBM, Ap­ple team up on AI health pro­gram

The China Post - - BUSINESS -

IBM on Mon­day an­nounced al­liances with Ap­ple and oth­ers to put ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to work drawing po­ten­tially life- sav­ing in­sights from the boom­ing amount of health data gen­er­ated on per­sonal de­vices.

IBM is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Ap­ple, Medtronic, and John­son & John­son to use its Wat­son ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence sys­tem to give users in­sights and ad­vice from per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from fit­ness track­ers, smartphones, im- plants or other de­vices.

The ini­tia­tive is try­ing to take ad­van­tage of med­i­cal records in­creas­ingly be­ing dig­i­tized, al­low­ing quick ac­cess for pa­tients and health care providers if the in­for­ma­tion can be stored and shared ef­fec­tively. IBM wants to cre­ate a plat­form for that shar­ing.

“All this data can be over­whelm­ing for providers and pa­tients alike, but it also presents an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity to trans­form the ways in which we man­age our health,” IBM Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent John Kelly said in a news re­lease.

“We need bet­ter ways to tap into and an­a­lyze all of this in­for­ma­tion in real-time to ben­e­fit pa­tients and to im­prove well­ness glob­ally.”

IBM ex­pects more com­pa­nies to join the health plat­form, which it en­vi­sions grow­ing to a global scale.

In ad­di­tion, the New York based com­pany said it is ac­quir­ing a pair of health care tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies and es­tab­lish­ing an IBM health unit.

Wat­son is a cog­ni­tive com­put­ing sys­tem that bested hu­man com­pe­ti­tion in a Jeop­ardy trivia tele­vi­sion game show.

Un­der the part­ner­ship it will be able to han­dle data col­lected us­ing health ap­pli­ca­tions from Ap­ple mo­bile de­vices, ac­cord­ing to IBM.

“Now IBM’s se­cure cloud and an­a­lytic ca­pa­bil­i­ties pro­vide ad­di­tional tools to help ac­cel­er­ate dis­cov­er­ies across a wide va­ri­ety of health is­sues,” Ap­ple se­nior vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions Jeff Wil­liams said in a re­lease.

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