Forrester names IBM a leader in enterprise health cloud

By | 1 minute read | September 13, 2019

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Healthcare organizations face challenges as they move their workloads to cloud and incorporate data into their decision-making, including data integration, patient matching and risk stratification.

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In a recent evaluation, IBM has been named by Forrester as a Leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Health Clouds, Q3 2019.” Forrester assessed nine vendors that serve the needs of health organizations with enterprise health cloud solutions, including capabilities for backup and disaster recovery, data ingestion and preparation, AI services, and insight delivery.

In IBM’s profile, the report authors stated: “IBM differentiates with its ability to solve healthcare-specific problems…IBM Cloud is a good fit for health insurers and healthcare providers looking for an end-to-end cloud migration partner with strong capabilities in advanced analytics and consumer engagement.”

“IBM is leading digital transformation with an enterprise health cloud that helps clients solve mission-critical problems within our healthcare system,” said Paul Roma, general manager of IBM Watson Health™. “We are committed to delivering innovation around data and advanced analytics to help health practitioners advance a better future.”

How IBM clients put their healthcare data to work

IBM customers have used Watson Health solutions to manage and govern structured and unstructured data, measure and assess performance, and derive insights from integrated data to help solve business problems – generating meaningful results:

  • Whirlpool used data and analytics to assess a pilot home medical program it established for its employees. It found there was a lowered clinical risk for participants, lower medical costs, and a potential cost savings of $3.9 million.
  • Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana used data to drive its efforts to improve its care of its patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). The number of unplanned COPD readmissions dropped by 80 percent, and the extra cost of those readmissions decreased from over $280,000 to just $3,054 – a 99 percent reduction.
  • Health Quest applied natural language processing and consolidated disparate care management data to better track and close gaps in its delivery of care, generating $3.7 million in total billing revenue and helping it to deliver critical preventative care.