February 12, 2014
Earlier this year IBM announced that it would invest $100 million into startups that integrate with Watson, its super computing platform, through a new investment fund called Watson Fund. IBM announced that it had helped contribute to health social network company WellTok's $22 million third round of funding, which was led by New Enterprise Associates and included participation from another new...
October 3, 2013
IBM's Careflow software
At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, a slew of big data demoes kicked off Wednesday morning. They showed a handful of different ways data analytics can change healthcare -- whether the data comes from insurance claims or electronic health records. The theme was that big data didn't have to mean population data -- new initiatives are bringing the...
February 11, 2013
When IBM's Watson supercomputer took down Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings just about two years ago, IBM let slip that Watson's next gig would be as a voice-enabled physician's assistant. Now IBM is giving us a little more information, releasing a video demo that shows how Watson might help an oncologist diagnose and treat a cancer patient.
The demo, which warns that it's "not necessarily a direct...
February 17, 2011
It almost seems ridiculous that it needs saying, but it is indeed often said that mobile health tools and applications should not intend to replace the physician or other care providers. The prospect of apps diagnosing patients today is certainly a hype-filled one. It isn't happening yet, anyway.
And yet a new super computer from IBM has proven itself more than capable of besting and replacing...