Thursday, August 6, 2015

IBM Watson wants to buy a Merge Health Care & combine Merge's medical imaging technologies with IBM's Watson.

 IBM on Thursday announced that it will spend a cool $1 billion to acquire Merge Healthcare deal that will combine Merge's medical imaging technologies with IBM's Watson.re in  
Watson will gain the ability to "see" by bringing together Watson's advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare's medical imaging management platform, IBM executives said in announcing the deal.
Watson will gain the ability to "see" by bringing together Watson's advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare's medical imaging management platform,
Merge's technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 U.S. healthcare sites, as well as most of the world's leading clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms to manage a growing body of medical images.
Organizations could use the Watson Health Cloud to surface new insights from a consolidated, patient-centric view of current and historical images, electronic health records, data from wearable devices and other related medical data, in a HIPAA-enabled environment.
This is IBM's third major health-related acquisition – and the largest – since launching its Watson Health unit in April, following Phytel, a population health company and Explorys, a cloud-based intelligence firm. [See also: With 2 acquisitions, IBM builds out Watson Health.]


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