Benefits of Merge Healthcare’s Integration with Watson Health Platform
IBM’s Watson Health unit plans to integrate Merge’s product and solution offerings with its existing expertise in cognitive computing, population health, and cloud-based healthcare intelligence offerings to:
– Offer researchers insights to aid clinical trial design, monitoring and evaluation;
– Help clinicians to efficiently identify options for the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring a broad array of health conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease;
– Enable providers and payers to integrate and optimize patient engagement in alignment with meaningful use and value-based care guidelines; and
– Support researchers and healthcare professionals as they advance the emerging discipline of population health, which aims to optimize an individual’s care by identifying trends in large numbers of people with similar health status.
“As Watson evolves, we are tackling more complex and meaningful problems by constantly evaluating bigger and more challenging data sets,” Kelly said. “Medical images are some of the most complicated data sets imaginable, and there is perhaps no more important area in which researchers can apply machine learning and cognitive computing. That’s the real promise of cognitive computing and its artificial intelligence components – helping to make us healthier and to improve the quality of our lives.”