Johnson & Johnson, IBM Watson to create virtual coach apps for patients

Johnson & Johnson, IBM Watson to create virtual coach apps for patients

IBM Watson and Johnson & Johnson will team up to create apps for consumers that will provide them with a virtual health coach.

Tech giant Apple also will lend a hand in development of the apps, which will be marketed to hospitals and other healthcare organizations that will then offer them to patients, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A prototype app to coach patients after knee replacement surgery will be released by J&J in the fourth quarter of 2015. The app will use IBM Watson’s computing and analytics platform, Apple design and J&J clinical knowledge to help improve patient outcomes and provide encouragement and treatment plans. IBM first announced it would be working with J&J in April. Article