10 hospitals in India to go live on IBM Watson's oncology, genomics platforms

Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India, will adopt two of IBM's cognitive platforms — Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics — across 10 of its 64 hospitals, IBM confirmed May 22.

The implementation marks IBM's first joint deployment of Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics in India. Watson for Oncology will go live at Apollo Hospitals' facilities in Chennai and Bangalore in May, with other locations to follow during the coming months.

Watson for Oncology aims to help physicians identify relevant treatment options to personalize care for individual breast, lung, colorectal, gastric, cervical and ovarian cancer patients. Watson for Genomics analyzes patients' genomic, clinical and pharmacological data to identify potential genetic alterations, drugs and clinical trials targeted toward an individual patient's tumor.

"Each person's cancer journey is unique and hence each patient's treatment plan must be unique too," Preetha Reddy, vice chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Group, said in a May 22 statement. "IBM Watson for Oncology and Genomics will help the clinicians and oncologists at Apollo Hospitals augment their own expertise to deliver an unparalleled and personalized patient care across our hospitals."

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