Apixio’s New Iris Platform Uses Your Doctor’s Notes To Derive Insights

Data science applications for healthcare are finally trying to catch up to the rest of the world, with one new effort coming from six-year-old Apixio in San Mateo, CA. This morning, the company is launching a cognitive computing platform called Iris that derives insights from clinical data and other information in the health system.More specifically, Iris uses a powerful data integration and extraction suite and pipelines restructured data into a machine learning model that should, in theory, enable its healthcare provider customers the ability to better understand patient health. It’s easy to draw an immediate parallel between Apixio and IBM’s Watson Health system, though there are critical differences. Watson derives insights from medical literature to correlate symptoms with outcomes, whereas the Iris platform uses doctors’ records and notes. While data-driven techniques in medicine are hardly new, Apixio’s target market has historically…


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