Health data collections: IBM Watson

Upon completion of the recently announced acquisition of Truven Health Analytics, IBM’s Watson Health will house one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of health-related data, covering about 300 million patient lives.

Truven, IBM said, will contribute vital payment information on patients, encompassing detailed coding on disease types, diagnosis, drugs prescribed and clues to outcomes.

IBM Watson Health had previously purchased data from patients’ electronic medical records through its acquisition of two companies Explorys and Phytel. It later acquired Merge Healthcare, a medical-imaging software company, added expertise in managing health image data.



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