IBM's Watson Health and the American Diabetes Association have outlined a multi-year partnership to analyze clinical and research data to better manage diabetes.
The partnership was outlined at the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) annual scientific powwow in New Orleans. The goal is to use data to build cognitive applications for doctors, researchers and patients.
Watson Health and the ADA have been working together to analyze 300,000 patient records to model outcomes and the disease as well as manage care.
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According to IBM, Watson's APIs have been used in the field for about two years.
Meanwhile, IBM outlined the next step for its cognitive app that was previewed in January. Watson Health is working with Novo Nordisk, Medtronic and CVS Health to build apps for people with diabetes.
Among the key partnership nuggets:
The goal for IBM is to train Watson so it can understand diabetes data and make recommendations. Watson's repository will include 66 years of data, ADA's information about wellness, support groups, management and education.
Ultimately, the Watson and ADA collaboration will lead to a cloud data and insights service that can be used by the medical ecosystem to find patterns as well as therapies.