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IBM to Collaborate with Nuance to Apply IBM's "Watson" Analytics Technology to Healthcare 2011.02.20

Armonk, N.Y. & Burlington, Mass., USA - February 17, 2011 - IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced a research agreement to explore, develop and commercialize the Watson computing system's advanced analytics capabilities in the healthcare industry.

Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language - a language that computers traditionally struggle to understand. The ability to deliver a single, precise answer from these documents could go a long way in transforming the healthcare industry. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could deliver such a solution.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 

Armonk, N.Y. & Burlington, Mass., USA - February 17, 2011

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced a research agreement to explore, develop and commercialize the Watson computing system's advanced analytics capabilities in the healthcare industry.

Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language - a language that computers traditionally struggle to understand. The ability to deliver a single, precise answer from these documents could go a long way in transforming the healthcare industry. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could deliver such a solution.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
The research and technology
initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.

The research and technology initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
The two companies expect the first commercial offerings from the collaboration to be available in 18-24 months.

The research and technology initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
Additionally, Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine are contributing their medical expertise and research to the collaborative effort.

The research and technology initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
For example, physicians at Columbia University are helping identify critical issues in the practice of medicine where the Watson technology may be able to contribute, and physicians at the University of Maryland are working to identify the best way that a technology like Watson could interact with medical practitioners to provide the maximum assistance.

Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
Watson's ability to analyze
the meaning and context of human language, and quickly process information to find precise answers can assist decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, unlock important knowledge and facts buried within huge volumes of information, and offer answers they may not have considered to help validate their own ideas or hypotheses.

Dr. John E. Kelly III, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
"Combining our analytics expertise with the experience and technology of Nuance, we can transform the way that healthcare professionals accomplish everyday tasks by enabling them to work smarter and more efficiently," said Dr. John E. Kelly III, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.
“This initiative demonstrates how we plan to apply Watson's capabilities into new areas, such as healthcare with Nuance.”

The research and technology initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
For example, a doctor considering a patient's diagnosis could use Watson's analytics technology, in conjunction with Nuance’s voice and clinical language understanding solutions, to rapidly consider all the related texts, reference materials, prior cases, and latest knowledge in journals and medical literature to gain evidence from many more potential sources than previously possible.

The research and technology initiative will combine IBM’s Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition and Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients that provide hospitals, physicians and payers access to critical and timely information.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
This could help medical professionals confidently determine the most likely diagnosis and treatment options.

Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO of Nuance.
Photo courtesy of Nuance
 
“The combination of Nuance’s speech recognition and existing Clinical Language Understanding solutions with the power of IBM’s Watson technology will introduce unmatched clinical information and analytic technological advancements for healthcare,” said Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO of Nuance.
“The initiative represents a logical step in Nuance’s evolution, one that expands our capabilities from recognizing what was said to understanding the intent and providing guidance. The solutions we are developing with IBM will transform the capture, flow and use of clinical data, empowering healthcare organizations to drive smarter, more efficient clinical and business decisions.”

Dr. Eliot Siegel, Director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Laboratory (MIRTL) University of Maryland School of Medicine. 
Photo courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine
 
“We are excited at the prospect of applying the Watson analytics technology to help create the next generation of electronic medical record systems and the next generation of computer diagnostic and decision support tools,” said Dr. Eliot Siegel, Director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Laboratory (MIRTL) University of Maryland School of Medicine.
“We believe that this has the potential to usher in a new era of computer assisted personalized medicine into healthcare to improve diagnostic accuracy, efficiency, and patient safety.”

Dr. Herbert Chase, professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
“Watson has the potential to help doctors reduce the time needed to evaluate and determine the correct diagnosis for a patient,” said Dr. Herbert Chase, professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
“We also believe that Watson also has the ability to help doctors provide personalized treatment options that are tailored to an individual patient's needs.”

Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
Under the agreement, IBM and Nuance will jointly invest in a multi-year research initiative targeted to the applications of the Watson technology to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in combination with Nuance’s voice and clinical language solutions.

Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could deliver such a solution.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
In addition, IBM has licensed access to the Watson technology to Nuance.

Dr. Joseph Jasinski, Healthcare and Life Sciences, IBM Research.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTu
 
IBM
and Nuance are currently engaged in a five-year joint-research initiative designed to advance next-generation natural language speech technologies, the results of which will be commercialized by Nuance.

Dr. David Ferrucci, Watson Principal Investigator, IBM Research.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
IBM
also named Nuance its Preferred Business Partner for speech technologies and related professional services, aimed at complementing IBM’s Industry Solutions portfolio.

Dr. David Gondek, Watson Algorithms and Strategy, IBM Research.
Courtesy of IBM / YouTube
 
For more information about the Watson computing system and the Jeopardy! challenge, please visit:

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27297.wss  


About Nuance Communications, Inc.


Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.

 
 
Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents.

Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services.

For more information, please visit: Nuance.com.


Nuance Healthcare


In the era of Accountable Healthcare, where there is shared responsibility for the quality and cost of patient care, Nuance Healthcare’s portfolio of Medical Intelligence solutions empower healthcare provider organizations, payers and individual physicians worldwide to deliver higher quality care, improve financial performance and enhance compliance efforts.

Nuance Healthcare employs a range of technologies and services as part of its full portfolio – speech recognition, clinical language understanding, decision support, test results management and data analysis.

For additional information on Nuance’s healthcare IT solutions visit:

http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm  


Contacts information

Chris Andrews
IBM Media Relations
914-945-1195
candrews@us.ibm.com

Richard Mack
Nuance Communications, Inc.
781-565-5000
Richard.Mack@nuance.com


SOURCE: IBM

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/33726.wss  

SOURCE: Nuance

http://www.nuance.com/company/news-room/press-releases/NC_008477  


Video
Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDdyxj6S0U  


Video
IBM Watson: Watson After Jeopardy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fanwviCWMQs&feature=channel  



ASTROMAN Magazine – 2011.02.20

IBM "Watson" to Challenge Humans at Jeopardy!

http://www.astroman.com.pl/index.php?mod=magazine&a=read&id=898  


ASTROMAN Magazine – 2010.12.25

IBM's "Watson" Computing System to Challenge All Time Greatest Jeopardy! Champions

http://www.astroman.com.pl/index.php?mod=magazine&a=read&id=864  



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