IBM sells its Watson Health unit

AI in medicine

IBM had high hopes for its Watson Healthcare unit, but other big tech players like Microsoft and Google have seen more success. As a result, IBM will sell the healthcare data and analytics assets housed under its Watson Health unit to private equity firm Francisco Partners.

The healthtech field is booming, as more companies attempt to use technology and AI to assist in health diagnostics and treatment. Coupled with the Zoom revolution, the way we deliver healthcare will change dramatically over the coming decade. In that respect this is an operational failure by IBM. The opportunity is there but they didn’t execute. Perhaps Francisco Partners can find the right formula to make this a successful business.

Surrendering to Covid-19

The federal government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis is a disgrace. We need a national plan that includes mandatory mask policies.

Stay away from those sugary drinks

While soda consumption continues to fall, sugary drinks are still very popular, and Americans consume WAY too much. Sports drinks have replaced sodas for many consumers, but these drinks are also loaded with sugar. More cities are implementing soda taxes, and hopefully this will start having an impact over time.

The race to use artificial intelligence in healthcare


The future is here.

For years we’ve been contemplating the role that computers could have in the medical field, and of course there have been gadgets and software that have made an impact in healthcare. Providing information at a doctor’s fingertips has become easier through the years, but now the breakthroughs are accelerating.

The key development involves artificial intelligence, and the ability of computers to diagnose illnesses and make recommendations or provide options for treatments.

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Potential breakthroughs in healthcare

In the video above, Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt discusses what he sees as big breakthroughs in health and technology, including personalized medicine.