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European Medical Device Technology, Summer 2015

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emdt.co.uk European Medical Device Technology Summer 2015 | 9 IBM's Watson Partners with Medtronic, J&J and Apple IBM has announced a number of partnerships and acquisitions to enable the deployment of the Watson system in the healthcare sector. Tech giant IBM predicts that, with the current increase in wearble sensors and connected medical devices, the average person will produce more than one-million gigabytes of health-related data in his or her lifetime. The company has announced that it will be establishing the so-called Watson Health Cloud to help doc- tors, researchers and medtech companies to effectively handle that volume of data. "All this data can be overwhelming for providers and patients alike, but it also presents an unprecedented opportunity to trans- form the ways in which we manage our health," John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president, commented in a press release. "We need better ways to tap into and analyze all of this information in real- time to benefit patients and to improve wellness globally." The aim of IBM's healthcare cloud is to provide a scalable platform to deal with the massive amounts of information deriv- ing from a slew of different sources, ranging from fitness trackers to implantable medical devices. Collaboration with Apple, for instance, entails a common secure cloud platform and analytic systems for Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit. Additionally, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to develop mobile apps in cooperation with IBM to support patients before and after surgery, such as joint-replacement procedures. Medtronic, on the other hand, will use the platform for personalized care management systems for patients with diabetes. This software will conflate and analyze data from Medtronic devices, such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, according to IBM. The company says that the partnerships are not exclusive. In addition to partnerships with these medtech and IT heavy- weights, IBM has announced that it will acquire two companies that provide Big Data applications for the healthcare sector. The first one, Explorys, is a spin-off company from the Cleveland Clinic that has developed a system designed to find patterns in diseases and treatments using Big Data analytics. The other company is Texas-based Phytel, which provides cloud-based services to facili- tate cooperation between healthcare workers. The Watson system came to fame after it beat human contestants in the game show Jeopardy, demonstrating the ability to understand natural language to a certain degree. Watson is already used in a number of projects to support diagnostics and treatment decisions by trawling thousands of medical records and scientific publica- tions in just a few seconds. IBM also said that it would start a new business unit to further develop Watson's medical capabilities that will be headquartered in Boston. —Thomas Klein THE ORIGINAL MEDICAL PUSH-PULL CONNECTOR REDEL SP 4 to 22 contacts Patented Push-Pull system Gray, black or white outershell Solder, crimp and print contacts 100% scoop proof REDEL P Self-latching plastic connectors Sterilizable Solder, crimp and print contacts Fluidic connectors From 2 to 32 contacts Cable assembly service ® ® REDEL IS A LEMO GROUP COMPANY - Switzerland Phone : (+41 21) 695 16 00 info@lemo.com Contact your local partner on www.lemo.com See us at MEDTEC France Stand #C154

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