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IBM Unveils Expanded Watson Platform for Health Cloud Capabilities

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by Angela Guess

A new press release reports, “At the 2017 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando, IBM today introduced expanded capabilities for the Watson Platform for Health Cloud and a specialized Watson Health Consulting Services unit dedicated to helping clients and partners across the healthcare ecosystem capture the business opportunity of cognitive computing in healthcare. To date, the adoption of cloud in the healthcare industry has been a slow process due to concerns around security, regulatory and compliance. Cloud providers may offer the raw materials, but then customers must assemble and then validate materials themselves. Global adoption for cloud services in healthcare are expected to grow from $3.73 billion in 2015 to nearly $10 billion by 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets. The promise of cloud and cognitive capabilities has become a leading discussion in every IT strategy meeting as a platform for innovation in the future of healthcare delivery.”

The release continues, “New Watson Health cloud offerings and capabilities include enhancements to the HIPAA-enabled data-platform-as-a-service, a new GxP edition of the platform, and new data center locations. These enhancements aim to help business executives and enterprise data scientists harness the power of big data and cognitive – further extending the reach of Watson Platform for Health, the industry’s only cloud data platform designed expressly for health and life sciences organizations.”

Read more at PR Newswire.

Photo credit: IBM

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