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

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.



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-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

Innovation Intersections: Nanobiology, Social Networking, Virtual Worlds

Jack Mason, IBM Strategic Communications
What do nanotechnology, the Greater IBM alumni social network and virtual worlds have in common?

They are each, and all together, about innovation intersections…the convergences, mashups, cross-fertilizations and new collaborative configurations where truly new stuff develops.

At the Nanobiology Initiative conference a few weeks ago these parallax trends came into focus, and I wanted to examine the overlaps in the hopes of igniting some new
connections and possibilities with the differrent audiences that my epiphany might relate to….

Most people today operate in a complex Venn diagram of social and
professional circles. For example, my current swirl of work includes:

  • Helping IBM launch a business social network — The Greater IBM Connection — for current and former IBMers to collaborate
  • Working with a large new team inside IBM –The Virtual Universe Community — on the future of the “3D Internet”
  • Contributing to the mass collaboration that is e-health
    transformation, a major strategic front for big blue, through this blog
    and related efforts
  • Participating in the company’s efforts to lead on other Web 2.0 fronts

Not only do each of these streams have lots of of internal intersections and criss-crosses. But all of these elements are playing off or feeding each other.  Life seems to be more and more like the Web itself…defined by linkages and networks within networks like the
russian stacked doll called a matyroska (I just learned the proper name of that familiar object, via Yahoo Answers, btw).

For example, I would like to encourage an exchange on nanotechnology across the Greater  IBM network, since nanotech is one of  the most multidisciplinary and collaborative frontiers for deep societal innovation. Who’s with me?

Also, my immersion in the leading virtual world of Second Life has also made me aware of some of the ways that these 3D environments are advancing health care.  Not only is this strange new medium being used to help people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, among others, it is also serving as a virtual meeting places for all kinds of
disease support groups, as well as a new medium for therapists to work with patients.
Just yesterday, I discovered that the Centers For Disease Control have launched a presence in Second Life. And there’s also an interesting new offshoot of the Serious Games initiative called Games for Health that is investigating how game-like environments can help in areas such as CPR or triage training and simulation.

Of course IBM is exploring how its role in the networking of healthcare and virtual worlds may come together.

On that front, I’m all ears on how you might imagine how nanotechnology, social networks, health care and synthetic digital environments may get mashed together to enable deep societal innovation.