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IBM, Georgia Tech Teaming for Healthcare Solutions

IBM and  Georgia Tech have announced a research partnership in furthering health benefits for children with diabetes, asthma and autism.

The project is being called “One Million Healthy Children” and seeks out to tackle two challenges healthcare providers are facing.

First, the current fee-for-service model in the U.S. means payment for action rather than for outcome, regardless of treatment effectiveness.

Secondly, scenarios such as transportation, health services, socioeconomic status, food resources, educational attainment and many others all impact a child’s health. However, doctors do not have access to this information.

The plan for 1MHC will be to adopt techniques from IBM’s services research portfolio to model economic, incentive, treatment, disease and other factors that affect healthcare decisions. These techniques will hopefully turn into practices and policies that will shift the focus of pediatric care from disease treatment to long-term wellness and disease prevention.

“We are working to transform health care delivery systems by creating proactive and easily accessible health and wellness technologies,” said Stephen E. Cross, Georgia Tech’s executive vice president. “This project underscores the power partnerships can have in using computing and engineering principles to positively impact children’s health.”

Georgia Tech will also work with the Tennenbaum Institute to integrate data sources and analyze model development for a better children’s healthcare system.

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