IBM Aims to Transform Health Care IT, From Disaster Relief to Genetics

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-03-06

In health care, IT is breaking down decades-old barriers, powering groundbreaking research, increasing collaboration and providing insight that helps save lives. The health care industry—hospitals, medical researchers and medical practices—has a wealth of data. This data not only needs to be managed and accessed on demand, but can provide insight into everything from the human genome to individual patient health, allowing doctors to make better decisions and improve outcomes. For instance, The University of Miami's Center for Computational Science is working to advance the field of genetics through the development of its Human Genome Clinical Annotation Tool for identifying specific genes associated with various human diseases. The tool is integrated with several large clinical and biological databases and must analyze as many as 200 billion data points in tens of thousands of individuals in order to accurately identify the genomes. Meanwhile, IBM is working with health care organizations; System x offerings provide the infrastructure to support these large-scale deployments and sophisticated big data and analytics workloads that are changing patient care. This slide show offers 10 poignant use cases of IBM technology in health care.


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