IBM has announced that its Watson supercomputing platform and Health Cloud data storage will be compatible with Apple‘s HealthKit and ResearchKit data sharing platforms. This will allow researchers to collect data using iOS apps, safely store it in the cloud, and rigorously process it using IBM’s pattern recognition and artificial intelligence algorithms.
The company is promising to strip personally identifiable data before it’s aggregated and analyzed, and claims that its Health Cloud is one of the safest data storage facilities on the planet. The researchers believe that now that we’re expecting to be collecting truly enormous amounts of health data, IBM’s computing horsepower will be able to identify clinically relevant points within the data that may lead to new therapies and cures.
Here are some folks from IBM talking about the new partnership: