Welltok Takes IBM Watson to Dinner
Welltok, which uses IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology for health care apps, teamed with Healthy Dining on a nutrition and menu app.Welltok, an IBM Watson partner, and Healthy Dining, a provider of restaurant industry nutrition information, have announced a partnership dedicated to contributing to a healthier America. Welltok is the creator of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform that guides and provides incentives for consumers to optimize their health. Through its collaboration with Healthy Dining, Welltok's CaféWell Concierge app, powered by IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology, will integrate Healthy Dining's restaurant nutrition data to provide personalized menu choices. The app recommends healthy meal options based on an individual's dietary restrictions, health needs, weight and fitness goals, or food preferences. Every menu item is validated by Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians and contains healthful nutrition attributes. "Optimal nutrition is one of the most significant factors in preventing and reversing the majority of our nation's health conditions, like diabetes, overweight and obesity, heart disease and stroke and Alzheimer's," said Anita Jones-Mueller, president of Healthy Dining, in a statement. "Since most Americans eat away from home an average of five times each week and it can be almost impossible to know what to order at restaurants to meet specific health needs, it is very important that wellness and condition management programs empower smart dining out choices. We applaud Welltok's leadership in providing a new dimension to healthy restaurant dining through its groundbreaking CaféWell Concierge app." The CaféWell Concierge app was recently launched by Colorado-based Centura Health to support consumers who are transitioning back to everyday life after experiencing a heart condition. The Concierge app provides these consumers with personalized, on-demand guidance and rewards for choosing healthier, lower sodium "Sodium Savvy" dishes at local restaurants.
"By coupling Healthy Dining's data with IBM Watson's cognitive ability to understand an individual's dietary preferences and recognize their location, the CaféWell Concierge app guides users to the best menu choices and supports their journey to optimized health," said Jeff Cohen, co-founder and vice president of functional architecture for Welltok.