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3M, Google unit team up for population-health management tech


Companies are pilling into population-health management.

MedCity News reports that on Oct. 10, and only  an hour after Siemens Healthineers announced a deal with IBM Watson Health, “3M Health Information Systems said it was teaming with the Google-affiliated Verily Life Sciences to develop technology to support population-health management. Both partnerships will focus on financial as well as clinical aspects of the field.”

But,  whereas  in  the case of Siemens, the IBM partnership “marks the German company’s entry into the field of population health management. 3M already is operating in that segment, albeit mostly on the fringes.

“Verily, formerly called Google Life Sciences, will contribute its advanced analytics capabilities to St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M’s existing offerings in data coding and risk stratification….”

“In both partnerships …the participants will be building new technologies as they try to take a bite out of the growing market for IT to support value-based care.”

To read the MedCity News article, please hit this link.

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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