IBM may be locked in the middle of the cloud war against rivals such as Microsoft and Amazon, but it has leapfrogged its competitors in the push to make a commonplace out of cognitive computing (in which machines think for us and sometimes like us). Big Blue announced today it will begin offering online access to its Watson natural-language query engine, one of the most powerful cognitive systems ever built.
IBM has upped the ante in the API game by making its Watson question-answering system available as a service. That’s right, Watson could soon power your smartphone app.
If you’ve been keeping track of IBM’s Watson — that’s the supercomputer that beat two human champions at the TV game show “Jeopardy!” — and ever wondered when you might get to work with it (him?) yourself, your chance has apparently come.
Welltok, Inc., the leading Social Health Management company, today announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring a unique collaborative solution called CaféWell Concierge powered by IBM Watson to market. The new, easy-to-use solution will offer healthcare consumers the ability to identify personalized activities, health content and condition management programs to optimize their health and get rewarded for positive behavior change. The solution will be sponsored by health plans, health systems, accountable care organizations, health retailers and other entities that are seeking to improve consumers' health status and lower costs. Welltok will work with industry leaders such as Aetna to help shape the product direction and pilot test the product with members.
Welltok, creator of an online and mobile “social health management” platform, has acquired healthcare incentive design and management firm IncentOne. Denver-based Welltok plans on integrating IncentOne technology into its CaféWell platform, giving population health managers a more convenient way to offer consumers personalized rewards for healthy behaviors.
Welltok Lands $18.7M From NEA, Emergence & InterWest To Make Your Health Plan More Engaging - (PDF)
Traditionally, healthcare managers — whether they be health plans, care organizations, brokers or employers — have struggled to get their members to engage with their wellness programs and heath tools. Founded in 2009, Denver-based startup, Welltok, has been on a mission to help health plan providers boost engagement by providing a suite of Web and mobile social media-based solutions.
With $18.7M, Welltok wants to make you healthier – and actually like your health plan (PDF)
When it comes to popularity, the health insurance industry isn’t likely to be at the top of anyone’s list. In fact, a survey last year from market firm Temkin Group found that health insurance received the lowest customer service ratings of any industry.
Welltok raises $18.7M for social health platform (PDF)
Welltok, creator of the CaféWell social health platform, raised $18.7 million in a Series B round from Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners and New Enterprise Associates.
Companies that combine games, incentives and social networks to motivate people into adopting healthier lifestyles are proliferating, as employers search for ways to reduce their health care costs. It’s anyone’s guess which ones will succeed, or whether they will be able to point to significant improvements in the long term.
Health Social Network Welltok Raises $18.7M Series B, Names New CEO (PDF)
Welltok Inc ., a company offering health-related social networks that health insurers can offer to their members, has raised an $18.7 million Series B round to strike new partnerships and spread to new markets, the company said.
Welltok Raises $18.7M Series B to Gamify Healthcare, Gets New CEO (PDF)
If your health insurance company has you playing games, you’re probably not happy. If you talk about insurance or healthcare to your friends on a social network, the odds are you’re complaining.
Welltok named leading high growth company in Denver.