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IBM, Johnson & Johnson want wearables to give doctors more data

IBM wants to use all of that data collected by wearables to make it easier for doctors and healthcare providers to aid patients
By: Michael Hatamoto | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Apr 14, 2015 11:37 pm

IBM and Johnson & Johnson are working together to create a new generation of virtual coaching solutions and services, aimed at making people healthier - and ensuring doctors are more easily able to view medical data.




Johnson & Johnson wants new health and wellness offerings to help joint replacement and spine surgery patients, using data collected and stored in the IBM Watson Health Cloud.


"Healthcare providers and hospital systems are actively trying to make their approach to care more consumer-centric and to understand their patients in new ways," said John Kelly, SVP of solutions portfolio and research at IBM.


Trying to figure out what happens to collected data generated by wearables is extremely difficult - but a growing number of software apps aim at making it easier for healthcare providers. However, there are legal issues that must be addressed, including how the data is shared and stored.


"We are enthusiastic about the potential of addressing some of health care's most challenging issues by applying the key insights from the first phase of our collaboration to additional surgical areas and the management of chronic conditions," said Len ZGreeg, president of Johnson & Johnson.


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