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IBM, Siemens announce population-health venture


IBM and Siemens Healthineers have created a venture to  offer population-health-management services and other tools to hospitals, health systems, integrated-delivery networks and other healthcare organizations.

The five-year agreement is aimed at combining IBM Watson Health’s computerized healthcare applications with Siemens Healthineers’ experience working with hospitals and health systems on clinical workflows, services and digital health technologies, the companies said.

Hospitals & Health Networks reports that: “Siemens Healthineers will offer IBM’s value-based care analytics and reporting and patient engagement tools, and will also provide consulting services to support providers in their transition to value-based care. IBM Watson Health has expanded its range of services in the past several years, mainly through acquisitions and partnerships, and this partnership seems to be a move more toward having its platform implemented.”

H&HN added that Anil Jain, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for 
IBM Watson Health, said, in the news service’s words, “the alliance is about much more than gaining access to Siemens Healthineers’ deep pool of clients. ‘The experience and expertise they have in how hospitals operate and how their various workflows exist at health systems’ is a key part of the partnership, Jain said.”

To read the H&HN article, please hit this link.


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