IBM’s Effort to Solve Health Problems in South Africa
IBM Research has established a new research centre in South Africa (its second research centre on the African continent), and has announced several new project collaborations in the area of data-driven healthcare.
“South Africa is a tremendous growth and transformation story, yet its increasing population and healthcare delivery shortfalls continue to pose challenges in the country,” said Solomon Assefa, director of IBM Research – Africa.
“With the ability to detect patterns and discover new correlations, cognitive and cloud computing and the Internet of Things can provide potential solutions.”
In relation to data-driven healthcare, the lab’s focus areas include: IBM scientists are designing wearable sensor technology connected to the Watson IoT to trace the spread of highly infectious, communicable diseases. This will enable healthcare organisations and health officials to develop prevention strategies and respond effectively.