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IBM Watson Health invests in AI-based research collaborations in US

IBM Watson Health has announced plans to make a 10-year,$50 millioninvestment in research collaborations with two separate academic centers - Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is a teaching hospital ofHarvard Medical School, andVanderbilt UniversityMedical Center - to advance the science of artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to major public health issues.

The scientific collaborations with each institution will focus on critical health problems that are ideally suited for AI solutions. Initial areas of study are expected to include the use of AI to improve the utility of electronic health records (EHRs)and claims datato address significant public health issues like patient safety, precision medicineand health equity. The research will also explore physician and patient user experience and interactions with AI technologies.

“Building on the MIT-IBM Watson Lab announced last year, this collaboration will include contributions from IBM Watson Health's longstanding commitment to scientific research and our belief that working together with the world's leading institutions is the fastest path to develop, advance, and understand practical solutions that solve some of the world's biggest health challenges,” saidKyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., vice president and chief health officer at IBM Watson Health.

Rhee further said, “Today, for example, physicians are spending an average of two hours with their electronic health records and deskwork for every hour of patient care, a phenomenon the American Medical Association says is leading to a steady increase in physician burnout. AI is the most powerful technology we have today to tackle issues like this one, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to demystify the real role of AI in healthcare with practical, proven results and clear-cut best practices. By putting the full force of our clinical and research team together with two of the world's leading academic medical centers, we will dramatically accelerate the development of real-world AI solutions that improve workflow efficiencies and outcomes.”

IBM Watson Health will make a 10-year, $50 million investment in research collaborations with two separate academic centers to advance the science of AI and its application to major public health issues.

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