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IBM, CVS Health Partner for Care Management

July 30, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM and  CVS Health are partnering to use predictive analytics and Watson cognitive computing to improve care management services for patients with chronic disease.

The partnership will aim enable healthcare practitioners, including those across the CVS Health enterprise, to use Watson to advance care management beyond programs and services typically available today. The offering would enable practitioners to quickly and easily gain insights from an unprecedented mix of health information sources such as medical health records, pharmacy and medical claims information, environmental factors, and fitness devices to help individuals stay on track with their care and meet health goals, officials say.

The partnership also brings together IBM’s Watson Health Cloud and cognitive computing capabilities with both companies’ capability in predictive analytics and patient engagement.

The offering will be made available to insurers and other entities serving the employer and health plan market and will focus on:

•  Helping to predict individuals at risk for declining health who may benefit from proactive, customized engagement programs;

•  Encouraging patients to adopt safe and healthy behaviors, including adherence to prescribed medicines and healthy lifestyle regimens; and

•  Suggesting appropriate use of cost-effective primary care and out-patient providers.



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