The acquisition of Truven Health Analytics by IBM changes the playing field for cloud computing and data management in the health industry. This interesting turn of events came to our attention by Yahoo News in their post, “IBM buys Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 bn.”

It is the fourth major purchase that IBM has made in less than a year since directing its focus on acquiring health-related data.The acquisition is by IBM’s Watson Health unit using the power of the Watson supercomputer for data analysis. The Truven deal adds to Watson Health’s takeovers of health management software firm Phytel and the Explorys healthcare database in 2015, making them deeply embedded in the health industry.

After the deal is completed, IBM’s health cloud business will be one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of health-related data, representing an aggregate of approximately 300 million patient lives.

Melody K. Smith

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