IBM has opened a new research lab in San Jose, Calif., called the Accelerated Discovery Lab. Its purpose is to bring together subject matter experts in key areas — the company cites drug discovery, social analytics and predictive maintenance (aka the industrial internet) — with the data and tools they need to make new discoveries in their fields. For IBM, which has billions in revenue riding on these industries, the more it can prove its worth to them, the better.
Neurotrack, a startup built on years of neuroscience research, says it can identify patients at risk for developing Alzheimer’s years before the onset of the condition.
There’s no shortage of great minds using big data techniques to improve the quality of our medical treatments, but sometimes they can’t get access to the data they need most. Improving access to genetic data, for example, might just help cure cancer.
Big data doesn’t always have to be complicated or even be the core of a business. As Alliance Health Networks is discovering, applying a few machine learning models taught using public data to healthcare discussions online can help patients and build a business.
During the last Apple conference call, Steve Jobs crowed about Apple’s growing enterprise presence. A new report illustrates just how well iOS is doing in business; 4,000 new iPads and iPhones are ready to be put to use at a major pharmaceutical company, the report says.