05 June 2017 | News
Novartis is hopeful that this collaboration also uncovers care efficiencies that can be applied beyond breast cancer.
The swiss drugmaker Novartis has agreed to work with IBM Watson Health to explore ways to use patient data and advanced analysis to glean insights on the likely outcomes of breast cancer treatments,
Through this collaboration with IBM Watson Health, Novartis will use real-world breast cancer data and cognitive computing to identify solutions that may help physicians better understand which therapy may be best for which patients or advise clinical practice guidelines.
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions.
Novartis is hopeful that this collaboration also uncovers care efficiencies that can be applied beyond breast cancer. With one of the broadest portfolios and largest number of advanced breast cancer compounds in development, breast cancer is a priority oncology focus area for Novartis. Scientific understanding of advanced breast cancer is improving and the treatment landscape is expanding, but new therapies and real-world evidence can raise more questions around the optimal treatment plan for individual patients. Novartis has four marketed products in breast cancer: Kisqali, Afinitor, Tykerb and Femara.