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Watson Health proudly announces the launch of IBM Clinical Development

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 22, 2017 2:15:32 PM / by Douglas Weatherhead

New chapter in clinical research opens with March 30 webinar

Since the first recorded clinical trial some 2,500 years ago, researchers have been hampered by challenges that can make success an elusive target. Whether it’s recruitment struggles, constant protocol revisions, ever-shifting regulations, corrupt data, tight timelines or countless other hurdles, a clinical trial is too often a trial in and of itself.

How will IBM transform Clinical Research?This certainly isn’t breaking news. Nor is it news that these hurdles can slow the pace of research to a near standstill, increase costs and cause frustration among trial subjects, sponsors, researchers and the patients who need safer and more effective medicines.

While spotlighting many obstacles, we aren’t suggesting there haven’t been advancements. Over the millennia, we’ve seen vast improvements in terms of safety, sophistication and a more scientific approach. Technological advances such as EDC and the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model have streamlined trials and helped bring more effective therapies to market sooner.


Though valuable, these advances have been incremental and slow to take root. And if we step back and look at the study process objectively, it’s painfully clear that not enough has changed. What were problems five, 50 and 250 years ago remain challenges today.

What’s needed is a comprehensive transformation of clinical research that fully integrates and leverages the storehouse of accumulated human knowledge and the power and promise of emerging information technology such as cognitive computing. Watson Health is ready to commit all our resources to this effort, but there is no way we or any other organization can do it alone. We can only succeed by building and strengthening collaborative partnerships with you and our colleagues throughout the clinical research and healthcare sectors. The patient and provider community is counting on us to accelerate the advancement of discovery and development sooner rather than later. And we are proud to partner with you on this journey.

We’d like to invite you to a groundbreaking webinar on March 30 at 1 p.m., ET: “Empowering Heroes, Transforming Clinical Trials: IBM Clinical Development from Watson Health" 

Webinar host Jeff Beeler, our vice president of Product Innovation, will discuss the launch of IBM Clinical Development (formerly eClinicalOS) and what that means for clinical research teams around the world. He’ll also provide an overview of our perspectives on the future of clinical research and explain how you can help the Watson Health team build a roadmap to transform clinical trials as we enter the Cognitive Era. As the promise of advanced IT possibilities meets the power of cognitive computing from Watson – which already is changing healthcare practice – the clinical research and development process will never be the same.

You can register for this free webinar by following this link. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to participate, as well.

Thank you, and we look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

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Douglas Weatherhead
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