ARMONK, N.Y. – IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have entered a five-year collaborative effort to research how the application of advanced cognitive computing capabilities can help people understand and improve their own chronic health conditions.
They have created the Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning and Semantics (HEALS), which will develop cognitive tools for health empowerment that use analytics, knowledge-driven learning and semantics-based interrogation to address data-knowledge gaps to enable patients and clinicians to help manage and prevent chronic diseases and conditions.
The center’s vision is to advance the understanding of chronic disease prevention through data-driven discovery and analysis of factors that can help predict the propensity to develop chronic conditions and provide personalized health recommendations and lifestyle guidance.
“HEALS will exploit innovative capabilities in cognitive computing coupled with human behavior, smart device development and semantic data analytics aimed at identifying patients at risk of chronic diseases for clinicians before the disease becomes difficult to treat,” said Jonathan Dordick, vice president for research at Rensselaer. “This approach has the potential to revolutionize health care, reduce cost and enhance quality of life.”
In addition to developing new computational technologies, RPI researchers at HEALS will collect relevant clinical and non-clinical knowledge, as well as gather and integrate user-generated data from sources like questionnaires, health or wellness data from mobile fitness tracking devices, and social networking data from shared online activities.