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IBM and WellPoint Putting Watson to Work in Health Care

IBM and WellPoint Putting Watson to Work in Health Care - top government contractors - best government contracting event

IBM and WellPoint Putting Watson to Work in Health Care - top government contractors - best government contracting eventIBM and WellPoint, Inc. announced an agreement today to create the first commercial applications of IBM’s Watson technology.

The agreement assigns WellPoint to develop and launch Watson-based solutions in order to improve patient care through the delivery of up-to-date evidence based health care. IBM will develop the base Watson healthcare technology which WellPoint’s solution will run on.

Todays physicians are challenged with incorporating a vast amount of information and articles into practice and applying the information to patient care. Watson is able to sift 200 million pages of data and analyze the information in less than three seconds. WellPoint is expected to enable Watson to assist physicians in the decision making process of patient treatment.

“There are breathtaking advances in medical science and clinical knowledge, however; this clinical information is not always used in the care of patients. Imagine having the ability to take in all the information around a patient’s medical care — symptoms, findings, patient interviews and diagnostic studies. Then, imagine using Watson analytic capabilities to consider all of the prior cases, the state-of-the-art clinical knowledge in the medical literature and clinical best practices to help a physician advance a diagnosis and guide a course of treatment,” said Sam Nussbaum, M.D., WellPoint’s Chief Medical Officer. “We believe this will be an invaluable resource for our partnering physicians and will dramatically enhance the quality and effectiveness of medical care they deliver to our members.”

“With medical information doubling every five years and health care costs increasing, Watson has tremendous potential for applications that improve the efficiency of care and reduce wait times for diagnosis and treatment by enabling clinicians with access to the best clinical data the moment they need it,” said Manoj Saxena, general manager, Watson Solutions, IBM Software Group. “WellPoint’s commitment to innovation and their work to improve how care is delivered and benefits administered make them an ideal partner for IBM’s software and services to pioneer new efficiencies in health care.”

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