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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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