You will respect my authority (warning: South Park clip). In one of the stranger moves of 2017, the American Diabetes Association tried really really, hard (think someone looking over your shoulder) to lockdown photo sharing via social media at their annual conference. Twits were greeted with “Thanks for joining us at #2017ADA! Photography isn’t allowed during presentations — we’d appreciate it if you’d delete this tweet.” Charming. And it gets better. The rebukes even came when people shared photos during an open innovation session. @MatthewJDalby said it best, “The first rule of open innovation: You don’t talk about open innovation.” We are a little jealous we didn’t come up with that one. We think the burden of privacy in today’s world sits with the presenter, not the audience. Agreed?
IBM’s Watson Health is quickly becoming a major player in the healthcare industry. But what do they need in order to showcase Watson’s mega-thinking ability? Data. And who has this in abundance? The American Diabetes Association, 66 years’ worth to be exact. These two have recently teamed up to begin training Watson to understand diabetes. A major outcome of this partnership is the development of a cognitive app, called Sugarwise, which works with Medtronic’s insulin pumps to analyze glucose levels and automatically adjust the insulin dosage. Here’s where Watson really shines: it has the ability to add these personalized treatments to the vast amount of patient records on file to create a go-to source to help researchers and doctors detect patterns and find new treatments.