IBM has announced the launch of its Health Analytics Solution Center in Dallas, to be followed by centres in Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo, New York City, London and Washington DC. [It’s a vacuous name – ‘solution’ is such hackneyed jargon – but a fantastic development.] Its purpose is to “address the growing demand for advanced analytics to help hospitals and medical staff improve decision-making and provide higher quality care [and will] be used to understand how patients use medical services and explore patterns of potentially unnecessary care and opportunities for improving patient safety or quality of care. In the IBM Health Analytics Center, [sic] a number of key innovations in health IT to help clients are available including the IBM Health Integration Framework, enterprise health analytics, health payer analytics, data integration, patient portals, remote patient monitoring, preventative care and Patient Centered Medical Home technologies. [My emphasis, Steve]
It’s going to be big. “As part of this initiative, IBM expects to retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals globally.” [See comments] IBM press release.