Cleveland Clinic, IBM Partner To Use Watson on Cancer Data Project

October 30, 2014 in News

On Wednesday, IBM and the Cleveland Clinic announced they are forming a new partnership designed to use Watson to help physicians identify new cancer treatments, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports (Townsend, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/29).

The partnership will use Watson’s cloud computing service, called Watson Genomics Analytics, to search for genetic patterns that could help doctors create DNA-based treatments. Specifically, Watson will compare patients’ healthy DNA with DNA in their tumors and note the differences in a “mutation file” (Neuhauser, U.S. News World Report, 10/29). In addition, Watson will extract new data from medical journals, studies and clinical records. Further, Watson will help identify patterns in genome sequencing and medical data that can be used to determine treatments for the patient (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/29).

Cleveland Clinic Announces Top 2015 Medical Innovations

In related news, Cleveland Clinic on Thursday released its list of the top medical innovations for 2015, including some with health IT functions, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 10/29).

Cleveland Clinic releases an annual list of the top ten medical innovations it feels will make a mark during the upcoming year (Gold, “Morning eHealth,” Politico, 10/30). The top 10 innovations were selected by a panel of 110 Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists.

The results were announced at Cleveland Clinic’s 2014 Medical Innovation Summit (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 10/30).

The health IT-related innovations that made the list this year were:

  • Wireless cardiac pacemakers that providers can implant directly in a patient’s heart; and
  • A mobile stroke unit that relies on telemedicine tools (Cleveland Clinic release, 10/29).
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