IBM offers big data technology to federal healthcare

IBM announced new investments in its US Federal Healthcare Practice, adding big data programs for advanced clinical care and data management.

With the federal government expected to spend $13.95 trillion on healthcare-related operations and programs through 2024, increasing attention is being given to technology that can improve health care outcomes and cut costs.

To that end, IBM announced new investments in its US Federal Healthcare Practice, adding big data services for advanced clinical care from its IBM Watson Group and a new collaborations with IBM Research focused on data management. 

"Government leaders recognize that there is a tremendous opportunity to combine new and existing data sources with advancements in technology to find innovative ways to build a sustainable and affordable healthcare system," said Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM US Federal.

The solutions from the Watson Group include:

IBM Watson Engagement Advisor to manage interactions and experiences with patients.

IBM Watson Discovery Advisor to identify insights into diseases and innovative therapies, and speed medical research.

IBM Watson Explorer designed to consolidate and visualize information and help users uncover and share data-driven insights more easily.

The data management program for healthcare, called IBM Advanced Care Insights, uses the company’s analytics, predictive modeling and natural language processing to extract trends in unstructured data such as physician notes, lab results and other narrative content within electronic health record systems.

IBM also announced that it has added Keith Salzman, M.D., to the team as chief medical information officer for IBM Federal.  Dr. Salzman, early pioneer in health IT for the Army, comes to IBM from CACI.

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