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IBM Watson To Buy Truven Health For $2.6 Billion, Bolsters Data Cloud
Forbes

IBM said it will acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion in cash, bringing to its Watson Health unit a major repository of health data from thousands of hospitals, employers and state governments.

It’s the fourth major acquisition in the 10-month lifespan of IBM Watson Health, the computer giant’s artificial intelligence system that figures to be a major player in improving health outcomes as the U.S. healthcare system moves away from fee-for-service medicine to value-based care. To help better manage populations of patients through the Watson health platform, data and insights from Truven that inform benefit decisions for one in three Americans will be important.

“This is going to be a goldmine of insights,” John Kelly, IBM senior vice president, cognitive solutions and research, said in an interview.

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