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Will Feeding Watson $3 Billion Worth Of Healthcare Payment Data Improve Its Decisions? Print E-mail
Written by Ross Koppel & Frank Meissner, MD | The Health Care Blog   
Friday, 26 February 2016 00:00

On Feb 18, IBM announced its purchase of Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion. Truven collects and crunches payer data on medical costs and treatments. IBM will combine Truven's data with recent other data acquisitions from the Cleveland Clinic's "Explorys" and from Phytel, a software company that manages patient data. These data sets will be fed to Watson's artificial intelligence engine in hope of helping doctors and administrators improve care and reducing costs. Truven's data reflects more than 200 million patients' payment records. Collectively, Watson will now have access to healthcare data on about 300 million patients.

Our question is whether healthcare payer data are so inaccurate and, worse, biased, that they are more likely to mislead than guide?

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