IBM Watson recruits health tech vet to transform personalized healthcare

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IBM launched Watson Health in April last year, leveraging the machine-learning capabilities of its Watson supercomputer to help improve patient outcomes. Now, Dr. Paul Tang is joining as chief health transformation officer, and his goal is to identify ways that Watson can be used to set up a “personalized healthcare” system. He comes to Watson Health from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where he served as chief innovation and technology officer.

In an IBM Watson blog post, Tang highlighted the U.S.’s poor performance in health outcomes despite spending more money on healthcare services than its peers. To bring healthcare quality up to par, he called for a “holistic view of what data are relevant to an individual’s health,” including cost, ease of access to a pharmacy and individual behavior. And a lot of data have to be crunched to assess how nonmedical factors may affect medical outcomes. This is where Watson comes in.

Read the full article: Fierce Medical Devices

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