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IBM Watson Health Collaborates to Improve Personalized Care

Wednesday, June 22, 2016  
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IBM Watson Health has formed a medical imaging collaborative with more than 15 leading healthcare organizations. Members of this collective, including Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Healthcare, aims to help doctors address breast, lung, and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke.

Watson will mine insights from what IBM calls previously invisible unstructured imaging data and combine it with a broad variety of data from other sources, such as data from electronic health records, radiology and pathology reports, lab results, doctors' progress notes, medical journals, clinical care guidelines and published outcomes studies. 

The goal of the initiative is to help physicians make personalized care decisions regarding specific patients, while also building a trove of knowledge to benefit broader patient populations.

"There is strong potential for systems like Watson to help to make radiologists more productive, diagnoses more accurate, decisions more sound, and costs more manageable," Nadim Michel Daher, a medical imaging and informatics analyst for Frost and Sullivan, said in a statement. "This is the type of collaborative initiative needed to produce the real-world evidence and examples to advance the field of medical imaging and address patient care needs across large and growing disease states."

"Through IBM's medical imaging collaborative, Watson may create opportunities for clinicians to extract greater insights and value from imaging data while better managing costs,” IBM Watson Health Vice President of Imaging Anne LeGrand said.

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