First IBM Watson-powered genomic wellness app debuts at CES
IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty introduced a new wellness app developed by Medtronic and powered by IBM Watson during her keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday.
CES draws some 175,000 people to Las Vegas each year along with some of the of the largest tech companies in the world. Healthcare has become an increasingly big draw at the show over the past five years.
Cognitive computing is changing the way humans and computers interact, IBM’s Rometty told the audience during her keynote in which she talked about IBM's vision for a new era in which even consumers will have unprecedented access to cognitive technologies in their everyday lives.
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak joined her onstage to announce the latest advances in pilot partnership with IBM to build cognitive solutions for diabetes management.
Medtronic and IBM applied cognitive analytics to 600 anonymous patient cases using data from Medtronic insulin pumps and glucose monitors. The technology was able to predict hypoglycemia – extreme low blood sugar – up to three hours in advance of onset – early enough so a person with diabetes could take action to prevent a potentially dangerous health event.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Flank announced a new cognitive coaching system that will serve as a personal health consultant, fitness trainer and assistant by providing athletes with timely, evidence-based coaching about health and fitness-related issues, including outcomes achieved based on others “like you.”
The system integrates Watson’s cognitive technology with the data from Under Armour’s Connected Fitness community – the world’s largest digital health and fitness community with more than 160 million members.
Today, Pathway Genomics is slated to debut the Pathway Genomics OME app, powered by Watson. The new mobile app merges cognitive computing and deep learning with precision medicine to make it possible for Pathway Genomics to provide consumers with personalized wellness information.