|12 April 2016|


Cancer patients in America will be able to access vital advice and support virtually thanks to a pioneering new partnership between IBM and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Powered by Watson cognitive computing, the initiative aims to provide cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers with trusted ACS resources and guidance personalised to an individual’s unique journey against cancer.

“We help patients every day who seek information and insights to understand the disease and navigate their cancer journey,” said Gary Reedy, CEO of the American Cancer Society. “This partnership can take these efforts to the next level by combining the depth and breadth of cancer information from the world’s most trusted cancer source with the power of cognitive technology from IBM Watson. It’s about providing the right information to the right people at the right time.”

ACS and IBM will create the resource by drawing upon massive sources of data from both organisations, then train Watson to use the data to understand and anticipate individuals needs.

“IBM is honoured to partner with the American Cancer Society and to apply Watson to help the Society deliver tailored education, support and services to the millions of people impacted by this disease,” said Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, chief health officer, IBM Watson Health. “In doing so, we expand IBM’s existing commitment to tackling cancer, enhance Watson’s already formidable expertise in this domain, and support the American Cancer Society in its work to save and improve lives worldwide.”