Companies are challenged to harness all available information. In
fact, 89% of CEOs say they want better insight through business
intelligence and analytics. An infrastructure that is designed for data
means extending beyond traditional sources of data to generate insight
by leveraging new forms of information.
This means matching workloads to systems that are optimized for the
workloads’ characteristics. With optimized systems, the total cost per
workload can be reduced by up to 55%, delivering greater performance
and improved IT economics.
Cloud computing is an opportunity to reinvent IT. It can help evolve
data center capabilities to reduce costs while improving service
delivery. 60% of CIOs plan to use cloud technologies and 55% of business
executives believe cloud enables business transformation.
The IBM Case Manager offering is a smarter, more integrated way for businesses to handle growing, increasingly complex workloads in areas such as insurance claims management,
complex credit granting and dispute management, healthcare coordination, identification and management of at-risk students, government benefits management, fraud identification and resolution, incident management, complex loan origination, and contract execution.
This is a very powerful architecture that promises to revolutionize traditional Case Management in a significant way.
IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare is the first solution to help healthcare organizations transform information into insight by:
Integrating structured and unstructured data. Applying predictive root cause analysis, natural language processing – like that at the core of IBM Watson –and built-in medical terminology support and Identifying trends, patterns and deviations revealing clinical and operational insights.
For more information on this solution, either click on the URLs above or append a question to this blog post.
As healthcare becomes smarter and adopts things like Electronic Healthcare Records, DNA testing and analytics, like IBM's Watson for Healthcare we are entering a whole new ear of IT- and science-based healthcare.
Eric Topol has captured the exciting new trends in healthcare in his book The Creative Destruction of Medicine and Scott Gottlieb from the American Enterprise Institute reviews it in the Wall Street Journal.Digital Doctoring
Among the most common reasons why people come to an emergency room are bouts of heart failure or pneumonia. Sometimes they have a touch of both.
When I was doing my residency 10 years ago, we often struggled to distinguish swiftly one illness from the other. We ended up treating a lot of people for both ailments, until we could sort out later which was the primary culprit.
Over the past decade, the way that doctors approach this common clinical dilemma has been transformed with a simple innovation.
A blood test for B-type Natriuretic Peptide (BNP), which is secreted by weakened heart muscle, can help distinguish between the two conditions.
Another improvement in recent years: Doctors are replacing their stethoscopes with inexpensive, hand-held ultrasound scanners that can detect a failing heart right in the ER. Such innovations are just the beginning of a transformation of medicine, says Eric Topol in “The Creative Destruction of Medicine.”
Dr. Topol, a prominent cardiologist and geneticist, envisions a technology-enhanced future where new tools are integrated into diagnosing and treating patients, transforming the handling of common medical problems.
An interesting description of a future that is mirrored in the IBM Health Integration Framework.
Meaningful use mandates the use of electronic health records within a healthcare organization in order to achieve measurable improvements in the healthcare treatment, such as cutting readmission rates.
Hospitals that implement meaningful use will receive
payments from the federal government under either the Medicare EHR
Incentive Program or the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
The highly qualified authors of this very timely book are 1) Fred Trotter who defines himself as a hacktivist who works for social change by coding and
promoting Open Source Health Software and 2) David Uhlman who is CEO of ClearHealth Inc.
This is a book for everyone who is working in the field or who wants to learn more about how today's healthcare system works behind the scenes.
With tens of thousands of programmers and entrepreneurs crammed
into the narrow confines of Silicon Valley, how does everyone keep up
with the torrent of information about the latest technologies? How do we
maintain and expand our social networks?
Ten years ago we
attended JavaOne and other tech conferences, but today the IT world
moves at such a fast pace that a yearly infusion of tech updates would
strike most of us as totally inadequate
Enter the Silicon Valley tech meetups, all arranged through the Meetup website.
Silicon Valley Meetups have grown thru the roof this year with
membership in individual meetups now approach 10 000 in some cases/
With a membership in the thousands for a growing number of meetup groups, the organizers can arrange whole-day tech conferences that draw in hundreds of participants on the weekends, in addition to the monthy after hours meetings.
In a nutshell, the new model of tech networking in Silicon Valley is making the yearly and very expensive conferences a thing of the past.
The mode of operations for these tech meetups is that they meet once a month between 6 and 9 p.m. at a sponsor's, typically an IT company who has donated a meeting place.
Mingle and network preceeds announcements and introductions. One custom is to have attendees announce openings at their companies.
Then a main speaker, who is always a very knowledgeable technical expert from a startup or leading Silicon Valley company.
The main presentation is followed by a usually intense discussion and a break.
Then most meetups also have a second act consisting of one or more technical demos from startup companies.
The meetup scene has exploded here in Silicon Valley during the last year, and the driving forces are areas like Cloud, Big Data and Mobile.
An interesting fallout of the accelerated meetup scene is that everyone in the Valley who is working in a certain technology sector now know each other and meet regularly.
Equally interesting is that the technologies that are driving the current boom in Silicon Valley all revolve around Open Source.
I am listing the meetup groups that we here at IBM in San Mateo attend. If any reader wants to recommend any additional tech meetup groups so please do.
Silicon Valley is entering a new era of Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Analytics. One key ingredient in this brave new world is Open Source and more precisely the collaboration between established companies like IBM with open Source initiatives like Apache Oozie, in the picture to the left.
IBM has a long history of supporting open source projects and is leveraqing open source products like Hadoop in its InfoSphere BigInsights.
Oozie is an open-source workflow engine to manage data
processing jobs for Apache Hadoop. As Wikipedia put it, it is an extensible, scalable and
data-aware service to orchestrate dependencies between jobs running on
Hadoop (including HDFS, Pig and MapReduce).
The symbiosis between established IT companies, the Open Source movement and startup companies is leading to a massiv global innovation wave that is creating new technologies, new tools like Heroku, deploymenty platforms like GitHub and new global enviroments like the Cloud.
There are currently estimated to be around two billion people online. In a mere decade that number is expected to grow to six billion.
What six billion people can do with open source, social media, the cloud and mobile boggles the mind.
The IT world is currently undergoing a rapid development with Cloud Computing, Big Data, Mobile and Analytics driving innovation around the globe. So what does the future look like? Read on...
In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business.
Here is a preview of some of our findings:
For cloud adopters, "developing new applications" is expected to be the top activity in the next 24 months, surpassing today's top cloud focus areas of virtualization and storage.
51% of respondents stated that adopting cloud technology is part of their mobile strategy
India may be all about social business technology (57% adopting), but other countries including Russia (19%) are more hesitant.
Here in San Mateo and Silicon Valley we are seeing unprecendented development i Cloud, Big Data, Analytics and obviously mobile and local as well. And not to forget, in mobile games, although that space is outside of the enterprise arena we mostly focus on.
Tthe year is 1995 and the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto creates a new object oriented computer language called Ruby. Ruby soon becomes popular but that is not all.
Nine years later, in 2004 the danish-americam programmer David Heinemeier Hansson creates Ruby On Rails, the framework based on the Norwegian computer scientist Trygve Reenskaug's Model View Controller-paradigm, and RAILS soon takes off like a rocket.
Three years later, 2007 James Lindenbaum, Adam Wiggins and Orion Henry create Heroku, a PAAS cloud-based development environment for Ruby on Rails, that also becomes incredibly popular with support for Java and other non-Ruby languages..
But the evolution of new Ruby-tools doesn't stop here. Earlier this year Blake Mizerany, Ryan Tomayko, Simon Rozet and Konstantin Haase create the domain specific language Sinatra, written in Ruby, which already is in use at Apple, BBC, LinkedIn, Motor Yard, Heroku, GitHub och Songbird, and Heroku support the development of Sinatra.
Which shows how incredibly fast the IT-worlod is moving right now.
Sinatra, is a free, opensource framework along the lines of other Ruby frameworks like Rails, Merb, Nitro, Camping och Rango. It is makes use of the Rack API.
Sinatra does not follow the typical Modell-View-Controller-paradigm but is focused on creating Ruby webb applications as quickly and easily as possibly.
Big Data is one of the hottest areas in IT right now, and IBM has a set of products that makes it very easy to get started in this very exciting space.
One of the key qualities of Big Data that totally differentiates it from what we have been used to, is that the sampling rate of today's eletronic data sources is so fast that Big Data for the most part is streaming data. And to read and absorb data streams we have IBM InfoSphere Streams.
With InfoSphere StreamsUsers are able to:
Continuously analyze massive volumes of data at rates up to petabytes per day.
Perform complex analytics of heterogeneous data types including text, images, audio, voice, VoIP, video, police scanners, web traffic, email, GPS data, financial transaction data, satellite data, sensors, and any other type of digital information that is relevant to your business.
Leverage sub-millisecond latencies to react to events and trends as they are unfolding, while it is still possible to improve business outcomes.
Adapt to rapidly changing data forms and types.
But InfoSphere streams is not a standalone product, it is typically used with another key IBM Big Data product, IBM InfoSphere Big Insights which is built on Apache Hadoop with enterprize additions from IBM. You can download the basic edition for free on this link
In traditional languages and frameworks, the communication inside the app between the web server and the database is the most time-intensive part of the transaction. Node makes a much smaller footprint on your web server. It allocates web server resources on an as-needed basis, not pre-allocating a large chunk of resources for each user. For example, Apache might assign 8MB to a user, while Node assigns 8KB.
“The way that Node is more efficient on servers is by not allocating resources to things while it waits,” says Hughes-Croucher.
“Say you have to talk to the database, and that’s going to take 50ms to respond. Instead of assigning all of the processing resources for that 50ms wait, it just uses a placeholder. When the database responds, then it allocates the resources needed to process. That means it’s totally possible to do a lot more requests at once, because you only allocate the server resources when you need to use them, not while you are waiting on databases.”
Node looks like it is getting real traction in the developer community and O'Reilly is publishing an "animal book" on Node called called Up and Running with Node.
Social Media for business, how does that differ from Social Media for individuals? To answer that question Daryl and I headed south on bumper-to-bumper-traffic on Interstate 280 to San Jose State University Friday evening to talk to professor Gee's class.
We started talking about Twitter and how many companies today are using Twitter for customer support. We gave some recent examples, including Stephen Fry and Quantas from earlier in the week.
For as long as anyone can remember here in Silicon Valley, everyone knew how to get started writing the next insanely great app.
You got a LAMP stack with PHP. MySQL - or Ruby or Python if you really cared about being fully object oriented, and you started to code. And a a couple of months later you were checking to see if you had made TechCrunch.
But then reality set in and sooner or later you got in trouble over you database schema, and had to do a fair amount of rework. Something we over the years have seen quite a lot of here at the IBM Innovation Center in San Mateo when people have moved to DB2.
Apache CouchDB has an interesting story behind it for us at IBM. It was created by Damien Katz, a former IBM'er from his experience with IBM's Lotus Notes database, which is also a document db. So if one wants to, and who doesn't, one can say that IBM and Lotus Notes has given birth to one of the hottest open source document databases in the market today.
MongoDB is popular in the cloud while CouchDB also is popular on smartphones because of its synchronization functionality. For example it runs in an Erlang VM on Android.
Two very interesting NoSQL databases that we hear more and more about these days.
The framework helps you build, extend and transform your existing infrastructures while allowing multiple systems to consume and re-use business services to provide Web-based collaboration across people, processes and information in the healthcare community. You can design flexible applications that can extend and integrate with other systems.
The Framework is SOA-based and centered around well-known IBM products like
WebSphere, WebSphere Message Broker, Portal, DB2, WebSphere Process
Server, as well as products like Initiate and analytics products like
IBM has launched a business partner program for those companies with IT solutions in the healthcare space that want to integrate their products with the IBM Health Integration Framework platform.
There is no cost involved to become an IBM IBM business partner.
The next step is to select which IBM products to integrate with.
The IBM Health Integration Framework is divided into three segments: Healthcare provider, Health Plans and Life Sciences
spaces, and these segments in turn into different domains.
Let's take a look at the domains on the next chart.
The way you go about integrating and subsequently validating with the framework is by first selecting which segment your solution belongs to and then from there finding out in what domain within that segment your solution best fits.
This will give you a set of recommended IBM products and accompanying architectures.
A list of the major IBM products that belong to the framework can be found on this link.
Validation tells your customers that your solution runs out of the box on the IBM Health Integration Framework, saving them and you time that would otherwise be spent testing and verifying your solution.
Being able to collaborate on work items, defects and build errors can reduce late rework by 25-50% Automated status reporting derived from evolving software delivery artifacts can improve productivity by 5-10% Best practices in scope management can improve predictability of project delivery by 20-30%
Successful organizations use software to design, deliver, and manage smarter products and services to drive ongoing innovation, growth and competitive differentiation.
Join us for this exclusive 1-day event to hear from subject matter experts and see live demos on major functional areas of application lifecycle management: project management, quality management, requirements management, design management, construction, testing, and change and configuration management.
IBM San Mateo was approached by an Energy and Utility ISV to validate their application on the latest IBM Hardware.
We provided the following taylor made, dedicated system:
Vmware esxi installed on 19 x hx5 blade servers 16 cores / blade, 72 GB RAM, 52GB SSD, 8 Gb Fibre Channel HBA 26 TB's of SAN storage using the IBM XIV Storage and Storwize V7000 with SSD's
58 Virtual images running on ESxX 4.1 and applicatons built on Windows 2008x64
We also provided 24 x 7 remote access of the test configuration in San Mateo, Ca. while the development team was on the East Coast
The IBM Innvovation Centers provides end-to-end support for Independent Software Vendors (ISV's)
We helped define test configuration, installed and support test configuration of IBM Blades and Blade Chassis, vMware: hypervisor and applications and Storage as well as marketing support for their solution.
We were able to receive the hardware and install the system within 4 weeks. The ISV was able to complete their first milestone two weeks after the hardware was made available to them. They continue to use this system to test many of their applications in this virtualized environment.
working with the San Mateo Innovation Center enabled the ISV to decrease their test time and bring their application to market quicker and with more confidence of a proven solution.
San Mateo Innovation Center's mission is to work with ISV's in the local ecosystem as well as within targeted industrries to enable then to test, market and deliver their applications to our common customers.
The press release from IBM is tantalizing and promises a new type of computer chips : IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips:
Today, IBM researchers unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The technology could yield many orders of magnitude less power consumption and space than used in today’s computers.
In a sharp departure from traditional concepts in designing and building computers, IBM’s first neurosynaptic computing chips recreate the phenomena between spiking neurons and synapses in biological systems, such as the brain, through advanced algorithms and silicon circuitry. Its first two prototype chips have already been fabricated and are currently undergoing testing.
Stacey Higginbotham writes about the new IBM chips on GigaOm:For our sensor heavy future, IBM cooks up a new silicon brain That’s where this new silicon comes in. IBM calls them neurosynaptic chips, and it’s architected in a completely different way than current semiconductors. Instead of creating silicon that has a processing core, a bus and a memory cache, IBM has taken a page from the human brain. The integrated memory is represented by synapses, computation by neurons and communication by axons. The current version is far less impressive than the human brain which has billion of neurons — this chip has 256. But the breakthrough here is not just about the new architecture but what that architecture means and where it fits in with the future of computing.
We'll have more on this exciting story as it unfolds.
IBM and Smarter Healthcare at the San Mateo IBM Innovation Center
Seminar on the latest healthcare trends at the San Mateo IBM Innovation Center. earlier today
IBM Smarter Healthcare is one of IBM's focal areas, and the San Mateo IBM Innovation Center is heavily focusing on Smarter Healthcare and especially on working with Business Partners who want to integrate their healthcare solutions with the IBM Health Integration Framework.
So how does a company with a Healthcarde IT solution get started working with IBM?
Let's start out by reading up on what IBM is doing in healthcare: IBM and Healthcare
IBM Smarter Healthcare is a global initiative from IBM that introduces advanced IT-based technologies to the burgeoning healthcare field.
Technologies like Business Analytics for Healthcare, Patient Portals and SOA-based Enterprise Service Bus will allow healthcare providers to crunch the numbers associated with today's massive amount of clinical data in Health Care, to route it between departments and hospitals in regional healthcare networks and finally to make it available to doctors and patients alike.
Many of these technologies can be seen at the IBM Innovation Center in Stockholm, from where the picture was taken by a visiting group from the IBM Innovation Center in San Mateo in California.
Yes, the IBM Innovation Centers span the globe and collaborate intimately among themselves. An IBM Business Partner in California with customers in Scandinavia, or vice versa, can therefore get help locally to reach out to overseas markets.
As a taster, see this presentation from Giuseppe Accardo showing where Cognos Business Intelligence solutions fits in to the IBM Business Analytics portfolio and an explanation of some of the features of this product:
The San Mateo IBM Innovation Center is hosting a four hour seminar on Business Anlytics at our Foster City offices on May 25. This event is an introduction to IBM business partners, developers and academics who have heard about business analytics and who are interested in starting to use it.
Register on this link We will start off with a high-level view of IBM's Watson and the technoologies that underly Watson, such as MapReduce, Hadoop, and Apache UIMA in some detail, and then describe examples of successful IBM applications of Business Analytics, such as http://euresist.org/, Sequoia Hospital here in Silicon Valley, and others. We will then devote the second half of the seminar to an walkthru of Cognos/SPSS and iLog and show some best practice architectures among others in the Healthcare space. An IBM business partner will also be present with a demo of how they use Cognos and we will also have one of our ILOG experts present who will discuss some interesting uses of ILOG. We will round it off by suggesting how they should start learning more about BA, maybe to teach it, and how they can download and use the IBM product set. We are not going to focus on the computer science aspects of BA. Instead the goal is to give the audience enough of an overview of BA to see if it is something for them and to point them in the right direction to get started. The goal is to give practical real-life examples of how Business Analytics is used to solve today's business problems. This is the first in a series of seminars and hands-on workshops on Business Analytics to be held at the San Mateo Innovation Center this year.
Managers from San Mateo IBM Innovation Center answering visitors' questions at TieCon 2011 in Santa Clara.
Wikipedia writes that "TiE (formerly The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a global
nonprofit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship. TiE has 54 chapters
in 13 countries, with a total membership exceeding 13,000. TiE is most
closely affiliated with the South Asian business community, and is
recognized as an important networking forum for entrepreneurs and
investors. TiE's sponsors include nearly every venture capital firm in Silicon Valley."
The Innovation Center shared a booth with the IBM Watson Team.
Join us on May 23, 2011 and find out how to Cloud-enable your applications!
Have you been looking for a workshop designed for your needs, interests and challenges? One that gives you something you can take away and use? Are you looking for just the right amount of presented content and open interaction?
The Enterprise Cloud Workshop offers all that and more. The Cloud Workshop runs from noon-5:30 pm and is moderated by Dave Nielsen, founder of CloudCamp and Larry Carvalho, Entrepreneur and founder of RobustCloud. With more than 150 successful Cloud Camps under their belts, Dave and Larry bring an incredible wealth of experience and expertise to the workshop.
In addition, Dustin Amrhien, IBM WebSphere Client Technical Professional, who has spoken and written widely about cloud technology, will talk about rapidly delivering innovative services onto the private cloud. Dustin will also participate in the personalized assessments.
Find out about OSSM ("Awesome") Clouds--On-demand, Self-service, Scalable and Measured. Review real and hypothetical applications you want to run in the cloud. Assess the risks and benefits of moving your applications to public or private clouds. And, best of all, get your own, personalized assessment at the end of the workshop from one of the facilitators.
After the Cloud Workshop, plan to stay for the CloudCamp that starts at 5:30.
Click here to register for the free Cloud Workshop.
Looking to see where WebSphere will be headed in 2011? Interested in shaping direction going forward? Join Jerry Cuomo, IBM Fellow, VP and Chief Technology Officer for the WebSphere brand for the Global WebSphere Community's inaugural Lab Chat.
In case you missed Jerry's list of 2011 trends, check out this video:
Questions addressed at the Lab Chat:
Which of these trends is most important to your business? Which are least important?
As we pursue these trends, what other areas become more important?
Which trends and directions do you want to hear more about?
Are there other trends/technologies that are not included in the list for WebSphere which would improve your business?
Want to participate? Here's the skinny:
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 Time: 11:00am EST*/8:00 am PST/15:00 UTC Duration: 60 minutes (including Q&A) Register now
To learn more of the future direction of WebSphere and to see more of Jerry, come to IBM Impact at Las Vegas April 10-15.
This year's IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas (April 10-15) is packed with content for developers and other IT professionals.
For the first time, we will be hosting the WebSphere Unconference on Thursday, April 14. The content for all tracks of the Unconference will be decided by YOU. You can nominate topics and vote for them prior to the event, or at Impact itself (look out for the whiteboards showing topics/times around the solutions hall). Expect to see lively sessions covering topics like cloud computing, business analytics, social collaboration, big data, mobile development and more. The developerWorks team are partnering with the Unconference, providing online community support.
In addition, you will find a technology program featuring IBM experts and partners covering seven tracks:
1. Application Infrastructure 2. Application Development 3. Connectivity and Integration 4. Smart SOA 5. BPM and Decision Management 6. Cross Commerce and Ex Cross Commerce and Exceceptional Web Experience 7. Implementing Industry Solutions for Improved ROI
Key technology themes will be covered, including cloud computing, BPM, messaging, application connectivity and mobile development. Check out this document for more information.
Lastly, the Impact events team have put together this handy document to summarize the benefits of Impact to the technical audience:
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to broaden your skills and connect with technical experts.
If you move quick and register by February 17, you'll be eligible for the reduced early bird rates.
The Obama stimulus package and health care bill signed earlier this year has shone a light on the need for technological advancements in the health care industry, but the money released pales compared to overall investment in this area.
This was the prevailing feeling on a cold December night in San Mateo at the Health Care Innovation Cafe. As Deborah Magid, IBM’s Director of Software Strategy, Venture Capital Group explained to the assembled crowd of technologists, startup entrepreneurs and health care professionals, the stimulus money really is a drop in the ocean compared to the $8 billion of equity poured into venture-backed healthcare companies.
So where exactly is this investment going? Deborah suggests that biopharm and medical devices dig deepest into the pot:
But this crowd is here to learn about the slice devoted to medical software and information services. She offers this model on the role IT can play in transforming health care:
For instance, if health practitioners have better access to data about a patient and an ailment, they can make better decisions about the best course of treatment. If a doctor can see data on how thousands (or even millions) of other patients have responded to a given treatment, this can help determine whether this is the best course of action.
This does involve the need to have health records available in an electronic standardized format (we're moving away from the era where doctors scrawled out paper notes and prescriptions which would be buried vast filing cabinets). Electronic medical records (EMRs) can follow a patient from provider to provider. Aside from impacts on deforestation, other benefits include greatly reducing the cost of duplicate care being provided. For instance if you can't recall the last time you had a TB vaccination, doctors may well prescribe you a fresh one, just to be on the safe side (as happened to me recently).
Pronoy Saha, VP, Marketing and Business for Pelesend Inc. covered other areas where IT can benefit health care, such as the development of patient portals. Currently these tend to be web-based, and allow patients to schedule appointments, order refills and request medical advice, all from the comfort of their own computer screen.
Pronoy runs one of the most successful Meetups covering the personal health technology. Popular sessions in the past have featured subjects such as the financial side of health care provision (eg. collection, management and distribution of insurance), doctors feelings towards healthcare, and telehealth: the provision of health care services across phone and mobile networks.
The emerging role of telecoms in healthcare
Pronoy showed this example:
In this case, one pediatric expert can service children hospitals across the country, all from the comfort of his own office. Beyond the standard audio/visual display of a teleconferencing system, this system also allows the transmission of vital signs data to help the doctor with the diagnosis.
The final speaker of the night, Sam Pejham, M.D., FAAP, Assistant Clinical Professor UCSF Medical School, provided an excellent example of how a popular device like the iPhone can be used in the treatment of asthma. Sam pointed out that readmissions for asthma patients after serious attacks can be significantly reduced if patients can be monitored remotely and the provision of drugs dispensed accordingly.
The AsthmaMD app allows patients (or family members) to easily and quickly log their asthma activity, their medications, causes of their asthma in the form of a diary. They can share the diary and a color graph chart of their asthma activities with their physicians, and these can be included in their medical records. Sam gives the example of this log can be emailed periodically to a hospital where a nurse can view the data in seconds and make the decision on whether the patient needs further attention.
The data from patients using the app is anonymized and aggregated to provide a wealth of information on asthma hotspots across the country, trends and the performance of medications in the treatment of asthma.
Where does IBM fit into the health care picture? Lennart Frantzell, our esteemed host and a health care technology expert within IBM, presented this view of IBM's play in this space:
To see a concrete example of how visualizations can help practicioners navigate a patient's electronic health record, see this demo out of the IBM lab in Zurich:
Given the importance of health care plays in each of our lives, it was well worth braving a formidable night to witness the transformative power of IT in this space. I look forward to the next Innovation Cafe!