IBM health data analytics unit: Will Cupertino-based Apple share, iPhone, iPad data
International Business Machines Corp. or IBM is all set to become the most important data processing player when it comes to health. The company is tying up with top players in the market with treasures of data and no one doubts the companyâ€™s assertion that it will top the health data market before long.
Reports suggest that IBM has already finalized partnership with companies like Apple Inc., Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic Inc. recently the company went on shopping spree and snapped up at least two medical-data software companies.
The new IBM venture is being called Watson Health and the company is of the view that its long experience in data processing will help it do the same in the sensitive field of health care. It will also pool and analyze data from other companies, such as Twitter Inc. and the Weather Channel.
Many experts are already enthused by this idea. A Walll Street Journal report quoted Robert Wachter, associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California as saying, â€œThe question is how does the medical system move away from broad categories to customized guidanceâ€. He goes on to add that apps developed by the new IBM subsidiary will actually help a physician to develop a treatment course for a particular patient based on the genetic makeup and fitness levels of large numbers of similar patients.
IBM that has partnered with top companies with massive amount of data is going to be the next big thing for the company. There are reports that Watson Health associates will contribute data to the pool, subject to competitive considerations. But the company says that data will come only from patients who have given their consent to give their information and will be scrubbed of personally identifying features.