IBM Watson Health

By Heather Mack June 8, 2017
Novartis and IBM Watson are working together on a new initiative to improve cancer care. In what the pharmaceutical company called a “first-of-its-kind collaboration, the two will use IBM Watson’s cognitive computing tools to leverage Novartis’s portfolio of breast cancer compounds and real-world patient data. The goal is to use data analytics and machine learning to determine which combinations...
By Heather Mack March 31, 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, we tracked seven digital health-related FDA clearances. While the list isn’t long, it’s varied and relatively novel – from app and device integrations for diabetes treatment to a vest that maps cardiac rhythms. The beginning of this year also rang in some big changes, as the Trump Administration took root and nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb as FDA deputy commissioner....
By Heather Mack February 21, 2017
Austin-based EverlyWell has added a new kit to its at-home testing service: now, women who are nursing have the ability to test the DHA levels in their breast milk. “There is tons of research supporting the benefits of DHA levels in breast milk and how that correlates to the baby’s development and inflammatory responses like respiratory allergies, asthma and exzema, so the more DHA you can...
By Heather Mack January 11, 2017
IBM Watson Health has announced a joint initiative with the US Food and Drug Administration to study the use of blockchain technology to share health data to ultimately improve public health. At first, the two-year collaboration will focus on oncology data, pulling together and exchanging data from a variety of sources including that from clinical trials, genomic data, EMRs, and from...
By Heather Mack November 1, 2016
Fitbit has partnered with Virgin Pulse, a mobile-first employee wellness and engagement company, to offer Fitbit trackers at a lower cost and develop personalized wellbeing programs around Fitbit’s Group Health offerings. The collaboration will reach some 2,200 Virgin Pulse employer customers worldwide, and will work to address the challenge of implementing and managing corporate wellness...
By Heather Mack October 12, 2016
3M Health Information Systems as entered an agreement with Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) to develop new population health measurement technology. The joint platform will work to assess quality performance data across healthcare delivery systems and patient populations, providing actionable insights that can be used to make improvements in healthcare quality and cost. The platform will...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
Medtronic came out with two pieces of news yesterday around its connected diabetes efforts: an FDA clearance for a hybrid closed loop insulin delivery system and the first test cohort of its Sugar.IQ app, created in collaboration with IBM Watson. The FDA approval of Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system was announced by the FDA itself, as it’s the first automated insulin delivery...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
These days, it seems like the digital health world runs increasingly on partnerships. Last week, representatives from three tech companies famous for their partnerships — IBM Watson Health, Qualcomm Life, and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google X Life Sciences — shared the stage at the Digital Medicine Connect conference in Boston to talk about what makes a good collaboration work. “I think at...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
IBM Watson Health announced that its Watson for Oncology program, trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, will be rolled out to 21 hospitals throughout China. The initial 21-hospital introduction is the beginning of a multi-year partnership through which IBM's Chinese partner Hangzhou CognitiveCare will introduce Watson for Oncology to hospitals across China. More. CareMore Health System ...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2016
A number of pieces of interesting health tech news came out of the 76th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, held this weekend in New Orleans. Here’s a roundup of the highlights. Updated 6/15/2016 to include some more news items. IBM’s Medtronic partnership gets a name. Information has been trickling out about Medtronic’s collaboration with IBM Watson Health that was...