CVS Partners with IBM to Predict Patient Health Problems

Using IBM’s advanced supercomputer known as Watson, CVS health practitioners and pharmacists hope to improve health care management services for patients with chronic diseases.

IBM’s Watson computing system can analyze large amounts of data, interpret and evaluate data, and even build knowledge over time. Within the partnership, Watson will be able to access health records and pharmacy information to help CVS health employees offer assistance to patients and work with primary care doctors.

Watson is able to access more information and research than the organization can do on its own and better support doctors, practitioners, and researchers with necessary data and technology to provide more in-depth care.

The overall goal of the partnership is to improve outcomes, reduce treatment costs, and increase the overall experience for patients already going through a difficult time living with a chronic condition.

This IBM partnership is the latest in a string of Watson system collaborations including partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic.

The use of Watson in CVS will begin in early 2016.

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