IBM is teaming up with a handful of companies including Medtronic – the spinal division of which is based in Memphis – to bring its Watson artificial intelligence system to the health industry.
Here’s why, per IBM: “With the increasing prevalence of personal fitness trackers, connected medical devices, implantables and other sensors that collect real-time information, the average person is likely to generate more than one million gigabytes of health-related data in their lifetime (the equivalent of more than 300 million books).”
The difficulty is in connecting those disparate pools of information with more traditional information sources like doctor-generated medical records, clinic research and individual genomes. To get a sense of what IBM wants to use Watson to do, by working with companies like Medtronic (plus Apple and others) IBM plans to leverage insights from its new Watson Health Cloud around the delivery of personal care management solutions for people with diabetes.
“The solutions will receive and analyze patient information and data from various Medtronic devices including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, and use this information to provide dynamic, personalized diabetes management strategies to patients and their providers,” IBM says.
Indeed, the future of medicine involves data, and lots of it – analyzing it, making sense of it and using to create some intended outcome, more so than has ever been done before.
Uncategorized | AndyMeek | April 14, 2015 | Comments Off on IBM takes a big leap into health care via artificial intelligence
The East Buntyn neighborhood is gearing up once again for the East Buntyn Artwalk.
The sixth annual version of the festival that celebrates art and community kicks off April 18 (rain date, April 19), with homeowners hosting regional artists in their front yards. Those open-air galleries will display and sell work by neighborhood residents, as well as pieces by artists from around the Mid-South, representing an expected pool of over 60 artists.
St. James Church at 461 S. Prescott will serve as ArtWalk’s hub, hosting live music, a silent auction, food trucks and more. There also will be a silent auction tent, live entertainment and food trucks like Lickety Split and Rock’n Dough.
Sponsoring partners for the free event are University Neighborhood Development Corporation, Highland Area Renewal Corporation and St. James Anglican Church.
This weekend will mark the second anniversary of the launch of “The Bridge,” Memphis’ first street newspaper that addresses the hardships of the some 2,000 Memphians living on the streets.
The first edition launched on March 21, 2013. The team behind it approached members of the homeless population and paid them to share their stories and artwork for publication, in addition to training them as vendors to sell the paper while keeping the profits.
According to Caroline Ponseti, a Rhodes junior who helped found the paper, $32,000 has been put directly into the hands of the homeless as a result of “The Bridge.” And the paper’s top vendors make up to $540 per month.
“The Bridge” on March 25 will host a two-year anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave. that’s free and open to the public.
Uncategorized | AndyMeek | March 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Memphis street newspaper “The Bridge” celebrates second anniversary
Some big news for ZeroTo510, Memphis’ medical device startup accelerator program –
According to ZeroTo510 co-founder Allan Daisley, today at SXSW and in Techcrunch, the program was announced as one of the top 20 accelerators in the U.S.
ZeroTo510 was ranked 15th in the nation by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.
From Allan: “We’d like to thank our team, our partners, our mentors, our board, and especially the entrepreneurs and graduates of ZeroTo510 for the hard work and collaboration that made this recognition possible.”