Transformative Cognitive Developments

This Cognitive section focuses on two areas that will enable Mindfulness Practice to be implemented across all Schools within the context of wellbeing and mental health


Cognitive Computing

Systems that learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own. On 13 April 2015 the new Watson Health business was launched. It is dedicating at least 2,000 consultants, medical practitioners, technology developers and researchers to design, implement and accelerate the adoption of Watson Health products and services. It’s another example of IBM’s evolution as a company that helps transform industries and takes on society’s biggest challenges. IBM is investing more than $1 billion focusing on development and research, bringing cloud-delivered cognitive applications and services to market including the establishment of a $100 million venture investment fund.


Understanding the brain remains one of the most important scientific challenges of our time. The BRAIN Initiative is launching with approximately $100 million in funding for research in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.


A £6m UK fund has been launched by the Wellcome Trust and Education Endowment Foundation to make better use of neuroscience in classrooms in England. The scheme wants more evidence-based research into how schoolchildren's brains process information.

Wellcome Trust: Neuroscience and education projects

Watson Health: Empowering Patients and Transforming Healthcare


There was an interesting decision to make within IBM about what to call a new business organization that we’re announcing today. Should it be named Watson Health or Watson Healthcare? “Health” is an aspiration, for individuals and society. “Healthcare” describes an industry primarily focused on treating diseases. Click for full article.


Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, is Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services at IBM, where he has direct global responsibilities for health, safety, medical, and health benefits design and strategy services. Dr. Rhee received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a concentration in health care policy. IBM's Vision & Mission for Local & Global Health.

New Technology Is A Healthcare Game Changer. Your Next Doctor’s Appointment Is With… IBM And Apple. Author of iDisrupted explains why IBM artificial intelligent computer, Watson, in alliance with the health data collected by Apple Watch will positively disrupt healthcare at the point of diagnosis.


6 October 2014
IBM’s Watson analyzing scientific research
Peter Diamandis


Johnson & Johnson is teaching IBM’s A.I. called Watson to read and understand scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes. One such Watson system contains 40 million documents, ingests an average of 27,000 new documents per day, and provides insights for thousands of users.


After only one year, Watson’s successful diagnosis rate for lung cancer is 90 percent, compared to 50 percent for human doctors.

Wimbledon 2014


Get an insight into how cognitive computing can easily support a 9 million Wellbeing DBMS through the growth of computing at Wimbledon since 1990.

New IBM Technology Innovations Redesigned interactive mobile experience resulting in a visually engaging, immersive, personalized and social Wimbledon experience that delivers comprehensive mobile coverage across all platforms, as well as live scores, results, news, live blog, photos, live video and radio, video highlights, and much more.  Powered by IBM SoftLayer cloud technology the Social Command Centre will deliver insights into current and evolving social media conversations taking place on and off the court. Link

Cognitive Computing


We are exploring with the IBM Watson Ecosystem Program the opportunity to embed Watson's capability to create a transformative cognitive School System Wellbeing and Mindfulness Application.


Through the Watson Developer Cloud, a Wellbeing Metric application can deliver a School by School personalised experience and create a virtual Mindfulness Teacher that recommends the perfect week by week program based on a child's preferences and wellbeing needs. IBM will bring its system integration, change management and operational expertise in delivering large-scale transformational solutions alongside a broad-range of complementary software and services providers.


IBM Watson Group Launch + Third Era of Computing Event - New York 9 Jan 2014

The first era of computing, referred to asTabulating Systems, began around the turn of the twentieth century and went from approximately mid-to-late 1940s/early 1950s. These were systems that basically counted, added, and did simple arithmetic.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, we entered a second era of computing, which John Kelly, IBM's chief technologist, likes to refer to as the Programmable Era.

With the continuous rise of big data, that's no longer good enough. We're going to have to enter an entirely new era of systems that are dramatically different than what we know today. And that third era of computing we refer to as the Cognitive Systems Era, cognitive being very much like the behavior of our brain in terms of its analytics capability and its ability to deal with unstructured data in a very complex world.

In this Cognitive Systems Era, a new generation of computing systems is emerging with embedded data analytics, automated management and data-centric architectures in which the storage, memory, switching and processing are moving ever closer to the data.

Digital Health

Dean Ornish, MD is a fascinating and important leader in healthcare. His vision has dared to question convention and look at health and wellness from a comprehensive and unique perspective. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF Founder & President, nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute.


IBM works with hospitals, health systems and life sciences companies to create smarter, more connected healthcare systems. IBM's technologies and consulting services help organizations deliver better care with fewer mistakes, predict and prevent diseases, speed up medical discovery and empower people to make better choices. Big Data innovations such as IBM Watson and "stream computing" are being used to improve patient outcomes for more personalized and patient-centric care.

Dr. Ornish’s pioneering research was the first to prove that lifestyle changes may stop or even reverse the progression of heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer and even change gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer, heart disease and premature aging. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for his program, the first time that Medicare has covered an integrative medicine program.


IBM has a 75 year history of working with clinicians, researchers and public health organizations to help improve patient care. Recently, IBM has partnered with a range of healthcare organizations to apply Watson in ways that are helping transform how medicine is practiced, paid for and taught.


Rewards will drive a healthier population – creating a win-win situation


Rewards for healthy behaviors have been growing at leaps and bounds as a way to reduce healthcare costs for several years. In 2009, employers offered employees $260 in rewards for making healthy choices. Now, companies are projecting to spend $594 per employee on wellness incentives. ObamaCare added fuel to the fire. It increased the allowable amount of rewards from 20 to 30 (and in the case of smoking cessation) 50 percent of annual insurance premium. There is a bill in front of Congress as we speak offering all Medicare beneficiaries up to $400 in tax-free rewards for healthy behaviors supported by several Republicans and Democrats. Health Trends named “health rewards” as one of the top 5 health IT trends in 2014. “Incentive Driven Healthcare” is here to stay.


Social Media is Transforming Medicine and Healthcare


The number of patients using social media and the number of applications and solutions used by medical professionals online have been sky-rocketing in the past few years, therefore the rational behind creating a well-designed, clear and tight handbook of practical examples and case studies with simple pieces of suggestions about different social media platforms is evident. While the number of e-patients is rising, the number of web-savvy doctors who can meet the expectations of these new generations of patients is not, this huge gap can only be closed by providing medical professionals with easily implementable, useful and primarily practical pieces of advice and suggestions about how they should use these tools or at least what they should know about these, so then when an e-patient has an internet-related question, they will know how to respond properly.   As all medical professionals regardless of their medical specialties will meet e-patients, this issue with growing importance will affect every medical professionals which means there is a huge need for such a easily understandable handbook.


29 August 2014

When our wearables talk with our doctors



Apple, Google and Epic declined to comment for this article, and Allscripts and Samsung did not respond to requests for comment. Each of the tech players mentioned above is designing its platform so that all health data transmission occurs within Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines. Each consumer/patient decides which health organization — doctor, insurer, lab or another institution — gets to see what data.