IBM has launched a health unit to make sense of the wealth of data created by the boom in fitness trackers and apps.
Watson Health aims to create “a secure, cloud-based data sharing hub” that can feed analytic technologies, it said.
It could provide diagnoses or health alerts which could also be sent to doctors, carers, or insurers for example, with the user’s permission.
IBM has teamed up with Apple and wants to launch “new employee health and wellness management solutions”.
The company says it is buying two firms to help with its goal: Explorys which has one of the largest healthcare databases in the world and Phytel that works with digital medical record systems to reduce hospital readmissions and automate communications.
IBM says it wants to provide “individualised insights and a more complete picture of the many factors that can affect people’s health”.
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