IBM is the main player in creating that cloud and will be using its Watson artificial intelligence.
The effort is to use new, innovative system to keep the data secure.
“We are convinced that by the size and scale of what we’re doing we can transform this industry, I’m convinced that now is the time.” says John Kelley, Senior Vice President, IBM Research.
IBM is making two acquisitions regarding the new project, one company has medical records and the other company provides feedback to doctors and patients for follow up care.
It is also making partnership with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic.
Apple will help in integrating Watson based apps into heathKit and researchkit tool for developers, to allow the in collection of personal health data and use of data in clinical trials
Johnson & Johnson help in creating a personal concierge service to prepare patients for knee surgery.
Medtronic will help in creating Internet of Things around its medical gadgets, collecting data for patients and personal use.
IBM will help in linking the old electronic record system with the cloud based architecture.
There is also a need for data science which can parse the information created by every patient.
The integration of the sources of data and analyzing them is a major thing; if the system can do that then it will definitely improve the health care system.
“Does this do that tomorrow? No. But do we need to create the infrastructure to do that? Yes. And are they probably the best-positioned company with the best track record to do this? I think so,” said Robert Wachter, the author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age and associate chair of medicine UCSF.