IBM Watson Health has completed the acquisition of Truven Health Analytics. As the provider of cloud-based healthcare data, analytics and insights, Truven brings more than 8,500 clients to the Watson Health portfolio. In a recent announcement, “IBM Watson Health Closes Acquisition of Truven Health Analytics.”

IBM and Truven data scientists will begin the process of using Watson Health’s cognitive capabilities to derive insights from Truven’s health data. IBM anticipates that healthcare organizations will tap into this cloud-based data to take previously disparate data sets, including vast amounts of structured and unstructured data, and combine them to create unique insights that help inform a broad range of health decisions in an effort to improve the quality of care at lower cost.

This is IBM’s fourth major health data related acquisition since launching the Watson Health unit in April 2015. Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing.

Melody K. Smith

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