Healthcare and Life Sciences
Leveraging multi-disciplinary skills in science and technology to improve health outcomes by transforming the health ecosystem in prioritized disease areas.
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The IBM Research Healthcare and Life Sciences team is dedicated to exploring and developing new methodologies and improving processes for a broad range of health care challenges. From how we can help in the diagnosis of diseases, to managing population health, or a better understanding the human genome, the team blends a broad set of disciplines such as biology, chemistry, data analytics, AI and medicine to pursue their work.
Our research falls into four themes: Computational Biology, Computational Health, Devices & Technology and Platform, Data Fabric and Engineering. We are leveraging multi-disciplinary skills in science and technology to accelerate growth and improve health outcomes.
Improve health by understanding disease mechanisms and fundamental biological processes through analytics and modeling.
Gaining insights into deeper genomic and transcriptomic information from communities of micro-organisms in various applications.
Developing theoretical and computational frameworks to bridge the spatial and temporal scale of human biology using mechanistic models, statistical models, and machine learning.
Enabling and expediting the identification and optimization of safe and effective drugs by leveraging data science, mechanistic understanding, simulation, and latest AI
Improve health outcomes of individuals at sustainable cost by developing novel AI technologies applied to diverse health data.
Disease and intervention modeling
Creating models that can be used to better understand and characterize complex and continuously evolving manifestations and implications of conditions and interventions, in order to better predict future trajectories of individuals and populations and identify the achievable targets for outcome improvement.
Delivery optimization and behavior intervention
Generating dynamic insights for populations and individuals to help achieve the identified targets through decision optimization for integrated care systems and behavioral intervention for improved patient engagement.
Advances in challenging disease areas
Applying novel computational methods to some of the most challenging disease areas - specifically oncology and neurology - to drive new advancements as part of an integrated care model.
Medical Knowledge extraction and representation
Analyzing structured and unstructured clinical data from electronic health records and claims to develop predictive models and cognitive insights to improve healthcare delivery, drug discovery and patient outcomes.
Improve individual health by creating systems to collect, aggregate, understand, and feedback relevant signals.
Cognitive IoT for healthcare
Creating systems and interfaces that engage users and embed cognitive insights into everyday interaction. Includes measurements and interventions.
Applying nanotechnology to biology and medicine, with a focus on precision diagnostics, the exploration of micro and nanoscale materials, and micro and nanofluidics.
Diagnostics & sensing devices
Low cost point of care diagnostics, non-invasive sensor systems support detection and monitoring biomarkers and physiological medical parameters.
We enable better health outcomes with science and technology by focusing on conditions in the following categories: cardiovascular and metabolic, neurological and mental health, immunology, and oncology.
The Healthcare and Life Sciences organization is publishing academic and technical papers in journals that span the breadth and depth of our research portfolio. From developing new AI techniques to bring the power of cognitive computing to healthcare, to designing new sensing devices and systems, our team pushes the boundaries of healthcare research. Browse some of our latest publications in our publications portal.
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