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IU Simon Cancer Center joins WellPoint in developing health care solutions
Date:4/23/2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- WellPoint announced today that Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center will provide clinical expertise to help shape WellPoint's new health care solutions.

WellPoint announced plans in September to develop commercial applications utilizing IBM Watson to help improve patient care and support physicians in their efforts to make the most informed, personalized treatment decisions possible. It is estimated that new clinical research and medical information doubles every five years, and nowhere is this knowledge advancing more quickly than in the complex area of cancer care.

WellPoint believes oncology is one of the medical fields that could greatly benefit from this technology, given IBM Watson's ability to respond to inquiries posed in natural language and to learn from the responses it generates. The WellPoint health care solutions will draw from vast libraries of information, including medical evidence-based scientific and health care data, and clinical insights from institutions like Indiana University. The goal is to assist physicians in evaluating evidence-based treatment options that can be delivered to the physician in a matter of seconds for assessment. WellPoint and the IU Simon Cancer Center envision that this valuable enhancement to the decision-making process could empower physician-patient discussions about the best and most effective courses of treatment and improve the overall quality of patient care.

The IU Simon Cancer Center was selected as WellPoint's partner and clinical consultant based on its reputation as one of the nation's premier cancer institutions and its proven results in the diagnosis and treatment of complex cancers. IU Simon Cancer Center has experience and demonstrated success in working with technology innovators and shares WellPoint's commitment to improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care through innovation and technology.

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Contact: Michael Schug
maschug@iupui.edu
317-278-0953
Indiana University School of Medicine
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