IBM Watson partners with 16 health organizations for medical image collaborative

Together with 16 healthcare organizations, including health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies, IBM has formed a Watson Health medical imaging collaborative that seeks to boost use of cognitive imaging for cancer, diabetes, eye health, brain disease and heart disease care.

Members in the collaborative will leverage Watson to draw insights from unstructured imaging data to help physicians make personalized care decisions. The members will train Watson on these conditions using their own data or data from population-based disease registries. Then, the members can integrate Watson into their workflows to conduct analyses.

"With the ability to draw insights from massive volumes of integrated structured and unstructured data sources, cognitive computing could transform how clinicians diagnose, treat and monitor patients," Anne Le Grand, vice president of imaging for Watson Health, said in a statement. "Through IBM's medical imaging collaborative, Watson may create opportunities for clinicians to extract greater insights and value from imaging data while better managing costs."

Members of the collaborative include: Agfa HealthCare; Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md.; Baptist Health South Florida in Miami; Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; Hologic; inoveon; Radiology Associates of South Florida in Miami; Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va.; UC San Diego Health; University of Vermont Health Network in Burlington, and more.

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