The Value of Big Data Technologies in Healthcare: Real World Examples & What's on the Horizon

Rod Smith (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies )
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Location: Yosemite C
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With the goals of increasing the quality of care and addressing rising costs, the health care industry is undergoing a transformation based on patient outcomes-based decision making. However, with over 80% of health care information residing in unstructured forms such as patient history, physician notes, pathology reports, and research journals, gaining insights from these sources remains a challenge for many health care organizations. Join Rod Smith, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Emerging Technologies as he discusses how IBM is applying technologies such as natural language processing, predictive analysis, and Watson with healthcare leaders such as Seton Healthcare and WellPoint to address healthcare’s big data challenges, improving diagnosis and treatment. For more information, visit us at:

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Rod Smith

IBM Emerging Internet Technologies

Rod Smith is an IBM fellow and Vice President of the IBM Emerging Internet Technologies organization, where he leads a group of highly technical innovators who are developing solutions to help organizations realize the value of big data. His early advocacy in the industry has played an important role in the adoption of technologies such as J2EE, Linux, Web services, XML, rich Internet applications, and various wireless standards.

As an IBM Fellow, Rod is helping lead IBM’s efforts around big data analytics and the application of IBM Watson like technologies to business solutions, helping companies make better decisions more quickly for improved business outcomes. His early identification of emerging technologies has led to a sustained record of achievement in the global software community. Rod has authored numerous invention patents and disclosures, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the TJ Watson Design Excellence Award. He is also a long time member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Rod is a Computer Science graduate of Western Michigan University, and holds a M.A. and B.A. in Economics with a concentration in Math from Western Michigan University.


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