Apollo Hospitals – one of India’s largest specialty hospital systems – today announced that Apollo will adopt Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics. The two IBM cognitive computing platforms will help physicians provide patients with personalized, evidence-based cancer care. This agreement is the first-of-its-kind Watson for Oncology & Watson for Genomics deployment in India.
Apollo Hospitals will build on its long legacy of clinical excellence with dedicated cancer care hospitals in India by implementing Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics across ten of its 64 hospitals. Watson for Oncology will be available at the Apollo Chennai and Delhi hospital from April 2018, followed by Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar and Madurai over the next few months. Watson for Genomics will become available across the same locations in the following months. The Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics solutions will help oncologists at Apollo surface relevant data to bridge disparate sources of information and identify treatments that are personalized to each unique patient.
“Apollo Hospitals has been dedicated to providing patients with best-in-class cancer care for more than two decades now. Our collaboration with IBM is a reinforcement of our commitment to clinical excellence,” said Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Group. “Each person’s cancer journey is unique and hence each patient’s treatment plan must be unique too. IBM Watson for Oncology and Genomics will help the clinicians and oncologists at Apollo Hospitals augment their own expertise to deliver an unparalleled and personalized patient care across our hospitals.”
Speaking on the collaboration, Lisa Rometty, General Manager of Oncology, Genomics and Life Sciences, IBM Watson Health said, “This collaboration with Apollo Hospitals reflects IBM’s ongoing commitment to partner with leading healthcare providers across the world to leverage the power of artificial intelligence to support cancer care. By using IBM Watson for Oncology and Watson for Genomics the physicians at Apollo Hospitals will be empowered with efficient, data-driven insights for improved evidence-based care to give physicians more time to focus on their patients.”