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July 30, 2015

IBM Watson tackles heart disease with CVS Health

CVS Health will use IBM Watson technology to improve service offering.

By CBR Staff Writer

CVS Health will use IBM’s Watson technology to provide better services to patients with chronic diseases.

IBM Watson will be used by CVS Health practitioners to analyse huge amount of data, interpret and evaluate information and develop knowledge over time.

The partnership is focused on addressing issues faced by patients with chronic diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

The technology is expected to help healthcare professionals to diagnose patient’s condition which will help doctors, pharmacists to improve the quality of healthcare.

IBM has been trying to push into healthcare for quite some time now, having previously collaborated with Medtronic (MDT), Johnson & Johnson to connect them with its cloud-based architecture.

Forbes cited CVS Health chief medical officer Dr. Troyen Brennan as saying: "This collaboration enables us to learn about how other sources of health information could help predict declining health or the need for an intervention for a patient with a chronic condition."

"For example, we can learn if information about a patient’s activity levels from a tracker like a FitBit could help us identify their risk for declining health."

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