Apple partners with IBM Watson Health Cloud to bring secure cloud, data analytics to HealthKit and R

Posted:
in General Discussion edited September 2015
IBM on Monday announced a new cognitive computing platform called Watson Health Cloud that will, in cooperation with partners Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, offer custom tailored data analytics services to healthcare professionals.




Built around Watson technology, IBM's new service pulls in and analyzes massive amounts of real-time data provided by personal electronic devices, such as fitness trackers, connected medical devices, implantables and other sensors. The company will also expand its MobileFirst for iOS portfolio of apps to include HealthKit-powered software.

To better serve potential customers, IBM is establishing a dedicated business arm in Boston, Mass., called IBM Watson Health that will see 2,000 consultants, medical practitioners, clinicians, developers and researchers focus on building out Watson Health. The computing giant also purchased healthcare technology companies Explorys and Phytel to expand its current healthcare analytics capabilities.

As for Apple, IBM Watson Health Cloud will offer secure, open data storage for health information logged by iOS device owners using HealthKit or taking part in ResearchKit studies. The partnership also opens up access to IBM's data analytics capabilities.

"With Apple's groundbreaking ResearchKit, researchers can easily create apps that take advantage of the power of mobile devices to give them rich data from a diverse global population," said Apple SVP of Operations Jeff Williams. "Now IBM's secure cloud and analytics capabilities provide additional tools to help accelerate discoveries across a wide variety of health issues."

Apple recently rolled out in ResearchKit as a way to tap into the 700 million-strong iPhone install base for medical research purposes. With Watson Health Cloud, data from HealthKit and ResearchKit can be anonymized, shared and combined dynamically with existing healthcare data sets that were previously difficult to access.

"Our deep understanding and history in the healthcare industry will help ensure that doctors and researchers can maximize the insights available through Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit data," said John E. Kelly III, senior vice president at IBM research and solutions portfolio. "IBM's secure data storage and analytics solutions will enable doctors and researchers to draw on real-time insights from consumer health and behavioral data at a scale never before possible."

In addition to cloud services, IBM also plans to create a suite of enterprise apps under the MobileFirst for iOS umbrella, further extending its groundbreaking partnership with Apple. The upcoming apps will help corporations manage employee health needs, from acute diseases to general fitness.
«1

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 33
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,720member
    I'm not clear whether or not Apple is providing data from the Health app to IBM (aggregated or not).
  • Reply 2 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member

    If IBM can develop a system that effectively puts the general practitioner out of business, I'd be all for it. Let doctors move into areas of extreme specialization and research.

     

    I'd love for future Apple devices to be so connected as to be constantly monitoring the finest body functions and determining when there is a dangerous condition or health problem that needs to be addressed. Medicine today is still disturbingly primitive and relies too much on doctors who are subject to myriad distractions and concerns which may result in a misdiagnosis.

  • Reply 3 of 33

    I said this after IBM/Apple announced their Enterprise partnership - just wait until they bring Watson into the picture. This is a good start. Imagine in the future where Siri is connected to Watson for various industries. If you're a doctor (for example) you can query Watson on a medical condition or symptom. IBM/Apple could charge a subscription for professional to access specific markets they bring Watson into.

  • Reply 4 of 33
    john.b wrote: »
    I'm not clear whether or not Apple is providing data from the Health app to IBM (aggregated or not).

    That's an interesting question.

    Apple has said they are not interested in looking at (or having access to) your personal health data.

    However, the way it could be handled is:

    IBM provides secure backend services (including private medical records, analytics, etc.) to healthcare providers

    The provider could obtain the patient's authorization to:  use the IBM services;  allow Apple submission of their individual HealthKit/ResearchKit data to IBM.


    I think that both the aggregate and and individual data would be extremely valuable in analyzing and treating health issues.


    IMO, this is the most significant recent Apple-related announcement -- after the success of the Apple Watch.
  • Reply 5 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post





    That's an interesting question.



    Apple has said they are not interested in looking at (or having access to) your personal health data.



    However, the way it could be handled is:



    IBM provides secure backend services (including private medical records, analytics, etc.) to healthcare providers



    The provider could obtain the patient's authorization to:  use the IBM services;  allow Apple submission of their individual HealthKit/ResearchKit data to IBM.





    I think that both the aggregate and and individual data would be extremely valuable in analyzing and treating health issues.





    IMO, this is the most significant recent Apple-related announcement -- after the success of the Apple Watch.



    Our individual anonymized private health data could still be made available to IBM for analysis and then the results could be continually updated. 

     

    http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibmwatson/health/

  • Reply 6 of 33
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,720member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by John.B View Post



    I'm not clear whether or not Apple is providing data from the Health app to IBM (aggregated or not).

     

    Congrats to Mr. Cook for his new partnership with IBM, but I'm checking out:

     

    Settings >> Privacy >> Motion & Fitness >> Fitness Tracking >> Health >> Off

  • Reply 7 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by John.B View Post

     

     

    Congrats to Mr. Cook for his new partnership with IBM, but I'm checking out:

     

    Settings >> Privacy >> Motion & Fitness >> Fitness Tracking >> Health >> Off




    Why are you responding to yourself?

  • Reply 8 of 33
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,720member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by John.B View Post

     

     

    Congrats to Mr. Cook for his new partnership with IBM, but I'm checking out:

     

    Settings >> Privacy >> Motion & Fitness >> Fitness Tracking >> Health >> Off




    Why are you responding to yourself?


     

    So people would know what I was referencing, of course.

     

    Besides, I happen to be excellent company.  ;)

  • Reply 9 of 33
    dugbugdugbug Posts: 283member
    Apple and Ibm are just killing it lately
  • Reply 10 of 33
    dugbug wrote: »
    Apple and Ibm are just killing it lately

    Yes!

    And almost every one of these Apple/IBM announcements will involve IT support at the various enterprises ...

    IT will want to write their own apps to interface the Apple/IBM offerings ...

    Likely, the IT apps will be written in Swift on Macs to interface the Apple/IBM apps running on iDevices and IBM's cloud.


    It's hard to see any downside to this.
  • Reply 11 of 33
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    If IBM can develop a system that effectively puts the general practitioner out of business, I'd be all for it. Let doctors move into areas of extreme specialization and research.

     


    This sounds crazy to me. I'm in the medical industry so perhaps I'm too close to it to understand your issue with general practitioners, which probably has some absurd underlying libertarian political rational.

     

    If you have ever worked in an ER or with battle field medics, or volunteered in third world countries to help fight diseases, then you might gain a new appreciation for general practitioners. They are the front line. Perhaps you should think of general practice as a specialty.

     

    Even in first world countries, you have to make an appointment with a family medicine doctor before you can see a specialist, which makes perfect sense to me. Are you suggesting people should try to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon and a radiologist when they have a migraine headache because, you know, it could be a brain tumor.

  • Reply 12 of 33

    I, for one, welcome our new...blah, blah, blah...

     

    Sorry. Had to say it.

  • Reply 13 of 33
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,651member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    If IBM can develop a system that effectively puts the general practitioner out of business, I'd be all for it..




    Why the general practitioner??  They provide an overall one-stop service and then (if necessary) guide you to the next stop.  I love my GP.  What's your beef?

  • Reply 14 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post

     



    Why the general practitioner??  They provide an overall one-stop service and then (if necessary) guide you to the next stop.  I love my GP.  What's your beef?




    No beef whatsoever. In the near future, the socialized medicine system the public has regrettably chosen to embrace will be quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients who will require attention (just check into the population of physicians versus the Boomer population over the next 10-20 years...it's not looking good). Any automation or artificial intelligence that can replace the first tier of medical advice and examination will soon become a mathematical necessity, not a distant possibility...and I expect Apple and IBM will be at the forefront of this type of "doctor supplement and replacement".

  • Reply 15 of 33
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post

     

    In the near future, the socialized medicine system the public has regrettably chosen to embrace will be quickly overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients who will require attention


    So I gather in your world, 'require attention' and 'deserve attention' are two different things. I hope you don't someday find yourself on the short end of that determination. Sounds to me that more GPs are better than fewer, considering your doomsday scenario.

  • Reply 16 of 33
    john.b wrote: »
    Congrats to Mr. Cook for his new partnership with IBM, but I'm checking out:

    Settings >> Privacy >> Motion & Fitness >> Fitness Tracking >> Health >> Off
    I would be worried if it wereGoogle that had access to my health data. Can not imagine being bombarded with ads promising to cure my real or fabricated ills or with scary ads with titles such as "people with heart rate higher than 70 bpm have 20% higher rate of such and such diseases"
  • Reply 17 of 33
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,280member
    If IBM can develop a system that effectively puts the general practitioner out of business, I'd be all for it. Let doctors move into areas of extreme specialization and research.

    I'd love for future Apple devices to be so connected as to be constantly monitoring the finest body functions and determining when there is a dangerous condition or health problem that needs to be addressed. Medicine today is still disturbingly primitive and relies too much on doctors who are subject to myriad distractions and concerns which may result in a misdiagnosis.

    You live in a fantasy world.
  • Reply 18 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member
    You live in a fantasy world.

    is this really your rebuttal? Because current demographic and technological trends support my scenario.
  • Reply 19 of 33
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,182member
    mstone wrote: »
    So I gather in your world, 'require attention' and 'deserve attention' are two different things. I hope you don't someday find yourself on the short end of that determination. Sounds to me that more GPs are better than fewer, considering your doomsday scenario.

    Why the personal attack?
  • Reply 20 of 33
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 572member
    I, for one, welcome our new...blah, blah, blah...

    Sorry. Had to say it.
    welcome our new master and overlord, Watson? Skynet has a better ring to it.
Sign In or Register to comment.