IBM Technology To Help Critically Ill Children Around The World

Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes. The medical knowledge to treat these children exists, yet the delivery of effective care is impeded by the global shortage of 4 million medical workers (1.5 million in Africa alone).  While the traditional approach to medical education has brought world-class care to many patients, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) recognized a need to extend medical knowledge beyond the walls of medical institutions and schools.

OPENPediatrics1Partnering with IBM, BCH has pioneered the world’s first cloud-based social learning platform — OPENPediatrics — which aims to connect physicians and nurses from all resource settings across the world around the sharing of best practices in the care of critically ill children. The platform, which includes IBM’s social networking, cloud, data analytics, video, and simulation technologies, will be made available at no cost to any interested clinicians around the globe.  Today, over 1000 doctors and nurses are testing OPENPediatrics in 74 countries (343 hospitals) around the globe.


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– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager The Greater IBM Connection

June 13 Event: IBM Watson – Beyond Jeopardy!

Interested in Watson and the supercomputer’s future? Then Don’t miss this webinar Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 1 pm ET/12 noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/5 pm GMT.

In 2011, IBM introduced Watson, a computer system capable of quickly and precisely answering natural language questions with accurate confidence estimation. In February of that year, Watson won a victory against the world’s best Jeopardy! players in a formal contest that was aired on national television.
IBM WatsonThat public performance heralded a future where we can efficiently tap into the wealth of knowledge buried in text and other unstructured data sources. IBM is now exploring new applications of the Watson technology including clinical decision support in healthcare.

Thursday’s webinar will cover:

  • Architecture of the Watson Question Answering System
  • Using the Apache UIMA framework for building natural language processing systems
  • How IBM is addressing new challenges for Watson in the healthcare domain

Presenters are Adam Lally, Senior Technical Staff Member in the Watson Technologies department at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center; and Dr. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT. Learn more and register.



Watson at Your Service: The IBM Watson Engagement Advisor

IBM’s Ginni Rometty Reveals Watson’s Future


– Posted by Regan Kelly

Watson Goes to Washington, Shows Off Latest Health-Care Work to Lawmakers

– by Emi Kolawole, in The Washington Post

IBM supercomputer Watson was in Washington, D.C. late last week to show lawmakers what it’s learned about health care. The Watson team has been collaborating with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and health-care insurance provider Well Point to teach Watson everything there is to know in the medical world.

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) receives a demonstration of new proposed capabilities for the Watson supercomputer on Capitol Hill Thursday, May 16, 2013. (Emi Kolawole)

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), right, receives a demonstration from IBM’s Michael Holmes of new proposed capabilities for the Watson supercomputer on Capitol Hill Thursday, May 16, 2013. (photo, Emi Kolawole)

Members of the team were in Washington to showcase some of the supercomputer’s new health-care related features, including the ability to ingest patients’ medical information and synthesize thousands of medical journals and other reference materials along with a patient’s preferences to recommend treatment options.

Watson, IBM representatives made sure to emphasize, does not offer do-this-not-that instructions to doctors or diagnose patients on its own. Get the full story.



Learn how Watson can help solve the health care challenge

IBM Watson for Health Care: The Voice of the Doctor (video)

Watson Helping Doctors to Fight Cancer

watsonIBM, WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have announced what they call the first commercially developed applications based on IBM’s Watson technology, including an advanced clinical decision support system for oncologists, and tools designed to accelerate and streamline health plan processes.

For more than a year now, IBM has partnered with WellPoint and Memorial Sloan-Kettering to train Watson. Throughout that time, clinicians and technology experts were teaching Watson how to process, analyze and interpret the meaning of complex clinical information, using natural language processing.

Watch a demonstration of how this works:

The product of the collaborative effort between IBM and Sloan Kettering is called Interactive Care Insights for Oncology. The core of this product is a Watson-based, “advisor” that’s expected to help oncologists and researchers identify the best treatment options for cancer patients. Learn more about how it works and what this could mean for you.



What else is Watson up to?

Want to talk to IBM about Watson?

  • Email IBM
  • Or call: 1-800-966-9875
    Priority code: 109HF03W

-Posted by Regan Kelly


IBM’s Watson Is Off to College: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

IBM will donate a powerful version of its Watson computing system, a repeat winner on long-running quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011, to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for research and development in big data, analytics and cognitive computing. The supercomputer already has been used in health care, analyzing thousands of pages of the latest medical research, suggesting diagnoses and treatments, etc.; and in financial services.

IBM says that Watson has a unique ability to understand the subtle nuances of human language, sift through vast amounts of data to provide answers.

“Access to the Watson system will enable new research in cognitive computing as it relates to a diverse range of scientific and engineering fields,” said Shirley Ann Jackson, president of RPI. “The experience of working on Watson will give our students an advantage as they compete for the best jobs in Big Data, analytics, and cognitive computing.”

Gartner estimates that the U.S. will create 1.9 million big data jobs by 2015 – which means that experience with a cutting-edge system like Watson may well become a valuable skill in the marketplace. Get the rest of the story (

-Posted by Regan Kelly

Nothing to Sneeze at: IBM supercomputer takes on the common cold

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An illness like the common cold has widespread health and social impacts. Indeed, the Human Rhinovirus (HRV), the most frequent cause of colds, is believed to exacerbate asthma in about 70 percent of cases; and in Australia alone, the common cold costs employers around 1.5 million workdays, or $600m in lost productivity per year.

In conjunction with researchers at the IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences–Melbourne, scientists from St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the University of Melbourne are now using IBM supercomputing technology to simulate the common cold at the molecular level to build a fully atomistic, three-dimensional simulation of HRV.  This will allow researchers to gain a more precise picture of how a drug attacks rhinovirus at the molecular level, and potentially lead to future treatments for other viruses as well.

Read more about it in this Smarter Planet blog post by Dr. John Wagner, Manager, IBM Research Collaboratory for Life Sciences-Melbourne, Australia

Also check out this infographic on the common cold

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

What New Skills Do We Need to be The Game Changers?

8-1-2009 3-25-36 PM-GIBMers4 Inspired by the possibilities Sam Palmisano introduced to the world in his speech, SMARTER PLANET: The Next Leadership Agenda, Greater IBMers across the world have been meeting up ONLINE to learn, exchange ideas, and discover how we can get involved. We’ve learned we share a keen interest in becoming one of those leaders and innovators that Sam Palmisano described as those that will “change the game” in creating a more sustainable planet on many fronts. Most recently, we’ve delved into leadership and diversity in our changing economy, the crisis of health care, and on August 5, we’ll be exploring new intiatives related to WATER, the lifeblood of our planet.

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The Business of WATER
A Thirst for Smarter Management

Conversation with executive guest…
Sharon Nunes, IBM Vice President, Big Green Innovations

ONLINE EVENT  |  WEDNESDAY, August 5, 2009
1 PM – 2 PM  US Eastern Daylight Time
Login/phone details to attend are included.

What new skills do we need to be the game changers?
The graphic at the top of this post includes an amazing list of leadership qualities. These were collected from the over 490 Greater IBMers that registered for our event, LEADERSHIP and DIVERSITY in a CHANGING ECONOMY in June 2009. THE QUESTION: We asked each person to name one quality that distinguished them as a leader and innovator. When you look at the entire list of distinguishing qualities, you realize that GREATER IBMERS are a powerful resource prepared to change the world. As you read through the list, I’m certain you will also see yourself in those qualities.

So, who are these game changers?
How can YOU be among them?
What role does CURIOSITY play?

I keep learning through my work with people all over the world that it is essential for leaders and innovators to develop a much keener interest in people than we are used to having even at IBM — particularly in people that are different that we are. You’ve got to learn to look beyond the words on a resume, the preconceived limitations we see in others, how someone looks, and seek to discover the full array of DIFFERENCES, knowledge, know-how, values, and unique talents that others possess. This means questioning our habits and learning to SEE DIFFERENCES DIFFERENTLY. Related blog post you might enjoy: CURIOSITY: The 21st Century Differentiator

Hope you’ll join us! Learn more. Share your voice. Get inolved! Together, we can change the world in ways we can’t imagine. 

“…I believe we will see new leaders emerge who win not by surviving the storm, but by changing the game.”
Sam Palmisano, IBM Chairman and CEO


6-24-2009 BLOG60 Debbe Kennedy
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