IBM takes Watson for Oncology to Bangladesh with RITE Solutions to support Evidence-Based Cancer Care

Bangladesh Specialized Hospital and Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital become early adopters of Watson for Oncology in the country

Bangladesh - 12 Jun 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its collaboration with RITE Solutions Limited to deploy Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, in hospitals in Bangladesh. Under this agreement with IBM, RITE Solutions will work with hospitals across the country to support physicians to provide personalized, evidence-based cancer care. This agreement marks the first IBM Watson partnership in Bangladesh.

According to National Centre for Biotechnology Information report, there are 1.5 million cancer patients in Bangladesh, with more than 200,000 patients newly diagnosed with cancer each year. (1) Compounding the growing health challenge, Bangladesh faces an acute shortage of oncologists available to fight the disease in the country. There are just 150 qualified clinical oncologists and 16 pediatric oncologists in the entire country and only 1 clinical oncologist for every 10,000 cancer patients.

Watson for Oncology will serve as a new tool in the country’s fight against the deadly disease. RITE Solutions has already partnered with Bangladesh Specialized Hospital and Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, who are now leveraging Watson for Oncology. RITE Solutions will help to transform cancer treatment in Bangladesh by providing hospitals with access to Watson for Oncology to Bangladeshi physicians. Watson for Oncology helps to:

·         Enhance efficiency by scoring and ranking medical literature;

·         Enable delivery of evidence-based treatment options to identify individualized treatment options for consideration by the treating oncologist; and

·         Scale world-class oncology expertise from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

“There is a pressing need to provide quality oncology expertise to the people in our country, and through our collaboration with IBM, we aim to help physicians provide personalized care to every single patient in Bangladesh. Apart, from providing quality healthcare for people in Bangladesh, we also want to serve Nepal, Bhutan and eastern India. Watson for Oncology has the power to transform how doctors battle cancer in Bangladesh and around the world.  With Watson for Oncology, oncologists will be able to make an informed treatment decisions for patients based on insights derived from the individuals’ unique health status, the latest medical research, journals and other relevant data,” said, Ridwan Mustafiz CEO of RITESolutions

Watson represents a fundamental shift in the paradigm of computing, moving from programmable systems that have been the mainstay for the last several decades to learning systems that keep getting better as they process more knowledge. Based on cutting-edge research led by IBM computer scientists, Watson has the ability to read and understand natural language.

To date, Watson for Oncology has ingested nearly 15 million pages of medical content, including more than 200 medical textbooks and 300 medical journals. With its unmatched capabilities to absorb massive amount of medical data, Watson for Oncology help the doctors to offer effectual treatment to the patients

 “Our goal in collaborating with RITE Solutions is to help democratize access to the growing body of cancer knowledge available today,” said Navinder Sachar, Sales Leader, Watson Health, IBM India/ SA. “With the rising incidence of cancer in the region and lack of trained clinicians we see such systems serving large populations across Bangladesh and neighboring countries including Eastern India covering four States. Watson provides actionable insights  based on that data at the point of care for the treating oncologist.”

Sources

[1] Article: Comprehensive update on cancer scenario of Bangladesh

About RITE Solutions

RITE Solutions Limited is a pioneering Healthcare and IT services solution sure provider. We develop customized solutions from solution design to installation and management support to ensure successful implementation and operation in order to ensure a real return on investment (ROI) for our valued clients. Designing and commissioning the most suitable IT infrastructure solution requires in- depth knowledge of various products, local market knowledge, and experience with complex projects which together ensures that improved operations are realized at reasonable cost.

 

About IBM Watson Health
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. In April 2015, the company launched IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Core cloud platform (now Watson Platform for Health). The new unit will help improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created and shared daily. The Watson Platform for Health can mask patient identities and allow for information to be shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data. For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson. For more information on IBM Watson Health, visit: ibm.com/watsonhealth.

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