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Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health


American Heart Association Chief Medical Officer for Prevention Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, checks out Welltok's health optimization app, which will serve as the platform for a new workplace health programme in a new collaboration between AHA, IBM Watson Health and Welltok. The three organisations announced plans to develop and introduce the first workplace health programme infused with AHA's science-based metrics and the cognitive computing power of Watson. The offering will be designed to build a culture of health and encourage individuals to make heart healthy choices. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most prevalent and costly chronic conditions, accounting for 1 in 3 deaths in the U.S. and more than $312.6 billion in annual health spending and lost productivity.
1 Feb 2016 New York City - The American Heart Association (AHA) plans to develop a first of its kind workplace health solution that leverages the cognitive computing power of IBM Watson. In the first application of Watson to cardiovascular disease, AHA, IBM and Welltok will create a new offering that combines AHA's science-based metrics and health assessments with cognitive analytics, delivered on Welltok's health optimization platform. The effort is intended to help alleviate the burden of cardiovascular diseases, which affect more than 85 million Americans today.

The programme will help assess both the employer's workplace health environment, as well as employee health based on AHA metrics. Core to the offering is a new Workplace Health Achievement Index, which AHA also launched. The Index uses best practices to measure and rank corporate health initiatives, measuring companies on their workplace health culture. The Index is a result of efforts by the AHA's CEO Roundtable, an organisation of some of America's largest employers dedicated to workplace health. They have served as a learning laboratory to develop, test and refine the Index. In the new offering being developed, Watson will uncover cognitive insights by analyzing data from the Index to provide guidance on how an employer can support employee health, such as informing how corporations design, tailor and deliver health benefits and health promotion programmes that maximize the health of the workforce.

Using Welltok's platform online or via mobile, an individual employee could opt to complete AHA's My Life Check questionnaire, which measures Life's Simple 7, the key cardiovascular health indicators - not smoking, eating healthy, being physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and reducing blood sugar. Welltok leverages consumer insights gained from the questionnaire and data collected via wearable fitness trackers, wireless-enabled scales and blood pressure cuffs to provide personalized recommendations to help the individual make healthy choices that could reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

"With Life’s Simple 7 and the Workplace Health Achievement Index, we've presented a science-based blueprint for healthy living and corporate well-being", stated Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association. "With this programme, individuals and their employers will be able to benefit from a personalized, cognitive solution designed to help improve heart health and reduce health care costs. Our hope is that we can set a new standard for continuous quality improvement in workplace health."

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is a member of the AHA CEO Roundtable and IBM will integrate the offering into the company's employee wellness strategy. The offering will tap Watson's natural language processing, deep question and answer capability and similarity analytics, and Watson will be trained on evidence-based heart health goals and measures in order to recommend specific ways employers can create heart healthy environments and engage with their employees.

"The new era of cognitive computing has the potential to help transform personal health and well-being, and that's why we are eager to see this offering in action to support the health and wellness of the workforce", stated Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health. "This is the first time Watson is taking on heart health, and we look forward to working with more members of the AHA CEO Roundtable who serve as models for best in class corporate heart health initiatives."

The global burden of heart disease threatens a multinational workforce, accounting for 1 in 3 deaths and more than $312.6 billion in annual health spending and lost productivity. Poor diet, lack of regular physical activity and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of employers' health care costs.

A new study by AHA and Nielsen found that employees who feel encouraged by senior leadership to participate in workplace health programs are approximately twice as likely to eat healthy, and 69 percent report that workplace health initiatives have a strong impact on job satisfaction.

AHA research has shown that attaining a high Life's Simple 7 score can help reduce risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other health problems. People who reach ideal health for all seven metrics ("ideal cardiovascular health") by age 50 may have significantly lower lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke.

"By putting this innovative programme in the hands of consumers, we are guiding them at a personal level to maintain, and even improve their health status", stated Jeff Margolis, chairman and CEO of Welltok. "We look forward to working with IBM and AHA, as well as the nation's largest employers, to optimize the health of employees across the U.S. and proactively address the human and financial toll of heart disease."

Welltok provides a HIPAA-compliant platform that allows employees to participate in health-related activities while protecting their privacy. Data from the Workplace Health Achievement Index and the application for Life's Simple 7 will be de-identified and stored in the Watson Health Cloud.
Source: IBM, American Heart Association

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2016-02-08

Focus

Reaching towards fully-integrated 3D tomography using new generation of algorithms and high performant scanning equipment and GPU clusters ...

Whole genome sequencing using HPC clusters in project MinE to find a cure for ALS ...

Exascale supercomputing

How to fit ten million computers into a single Supercomputer? The ExaNeSt project paves the way. European consortium becomes the trailblazer in the development of the most challenging architectures ...

Focus on Europe

Europe and Brazil join forces to improve the efficiency of the energy sector with HPC ...

Upcoming e-IRG Workshop will focus on the Progress of the e-Infrastructure Commons ...

CCRT boosts industrial innovation with a petascale supercomputer from Bull ...

Middleware

Ellexus launches tool to load balance shared storage called Mistral ...

Frame unveils powerful new visual supercomputer in the Cloud ...

Hardware

Poznan Supercomputing & Networking Center and Huawei launch HPC cluster, liquid cooled by CoolIT Systems ...

DDN WOS object storage software wins 2016 Storage Visions Award for secure, collaborative Cloud storage ...

Auburn University unveils $1 million supercomputer and initiates new technology acquisition plan ...

AMD reveals world's first hardware-virtualized GPU product line ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) market worth 36.62 billion USD by 2020 ...

Mellanox promotes Amit Katz to Vice President of Ethernet Switch Sales ...

Applications

Ofiice of Naval Research-sponsored technology simulates how legs bleed ...

Anton 2 supercomputer at PSC will increase speed and size of molecular simulations ...

NCSA awarded grant to examine effective practices in industrial HPC ...

A stellar collaboration: Supercomputing and NASA's IRIS Observatory ...

Carnegie Mellon joins IARPA project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms ...

Bionik Laboratories to utilize machine learning and analytics to improve neurological rehabilitation ...

IBM Watson Ecosystem opens for business in India ...

American Heart Association, IBM Watson Health and Welltok team up to transform heart health ...

The Cloud

Nimbix addresses enterprise call for high-performance computing with executive sales hire ...

IBM launches Cloud data and analytics marketplace for developers ...

IBM closes deal to acquire The Weather Company's product and technology businesses ...