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Elementary, My Dear Watson
Say hello to Watson: IBM to base health data business in Boston area
IBM's artificial intelligence technology Watson has become a symbol for the company's attempted reinvention of itself. (Photo courtesy of IBM)

IBM has announced plans to bring its Watson Health team to Boston, Rob Weisman reported in the Globe today. Named after the IBM artificial intelligence platform that bested human contestants in the television quiz show “Jeopardy,” Watson Health will seek to store and analyze massive volumes of information on everything from patients’ health to clinical trials.

Big Blue is deploying its Watson computer system to crunch big health care data. Technology giant IBM Corp. said it will base its new Watson Health business in the Boston area, a worldwide center for health care, drug research, and biotechnology, though exactly where it will be located and how many people it will hire have yet to be determined.

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Medical Innovation
Harvard’s InciteHealth fellows work to rethink health care
Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care has launched the InciteHealth Fellowship, a new program that brings together 22 talented individuals eager to transform the delivery of health care in the United States. During this part-time, one-year program, the InciteHealth fellows, or “inciters,” will focus on broad themes such as patient-doctor communication, the management of complex care, and health care costs. Read More
Boston's Innovation History
60 years ago today, a Brigham surgeon kickstarted the field of organ transplantation
Dr. Joseph E. Murray, at center facing camera, is seen performing the first successful organ transplant on Dec. 23, 1954, at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. Brigham and Women's Hospital Photo
Dec 23, 1954. Sixty years ago today, at 9:53 in the morning, 23-year-old Ronald Herrick's healthy left kidney arrived in the main operating room at the the Peter Brent Brigham Hospital — now Brigham and Women's Hospital. On the operating table lay Ronald's identical twin brother, Richard, in the throes of renal failure. Read More
on-call online
Telehealth platform American Well announces $80 million Series C funding
American Well allows doctors and patients to connect via mobile apps. Photos: American Well
American Well, a Boston-based company which provides on-demand telehealth connectivity between doctors and patients, announced an $80 million Series C round on Tuesday. The funds not only exceeded their expectations, but will provide the company with further opportunities to work alongside health care providers to deliver the best possible care to patients, said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, the company's co-founder and chairman. Read More
Giver, giving, given
The healthiest #GivingTuesday donation? A gift of data for Patients Like Me
Giving thanks is fine, Giving a Sh$t is better, but giving up some of your health data will make a difference. That's what Jamie Heywood and his team at Patients Like Me hope. On Tuesday, the health data portal for people with chronic conditions launched a 24-day drive to encourage new patients to sign up and share their health data before Christmas Day. Read More
Boston's biggest businesses
In education and health care, the future is about cost and access
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The future is not up and to the right. Yet if you look at two of Massachusetts’ biggest industries — health care and education — that’s the trajectory. Better quality, high pay, strong reputations, expensive new facilities, and breakthrough innovations mean you can charge more, more, more. Read More