August 3, 2018

Around the nation: IBM modifies Watson Health amid concerns

Daily Briefing

    IBM has modified its Watson for Oncology technology to start incorporating localized treatment advice and patient data amid concerns about the accuracy of the machine's recommendations, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Florida, and New York.

    • Colorado: Paul Chodkowski, the CEO of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, is retiring effective August 3. Chodkowski has previously served as the CEO of St. Clare's Hospital in New York, and first joined St. Anthony's when it opened 13 years ago. Marshall Denkinger, the hospital's current CMO, will serve as interim CEO (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/1).

    • Florida: Telehealth provider MDLive has received a $50 million investment from Health Velocity Capital, an investment group that includes Cigna and Health Care Service Corp.—the parent company of five Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. MDLive currently provides telehealth services to over 27 million people, and the provider said the investment will allow it to expand its services to more clients (Japsen, Forbes, 8/1).

    • New York: IBM said it has modified its Watson for Oncology technology to start incorporating localized treatment advice and patient data amid concerns about the accuracy of the machine's recommendations. A STAT News investigation in July revealed the machine was providing cancer treatment advice using hypothetical patient data and found multiple instances of "unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations" (Spitzer, Becker's IT & CIO Report, 8/1).

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