Cleveland Clinic to use supercomputer Watson; Health IT could save Canadians millions of hours;

> Cleveland Clinic and IBM have agreed to collaborate to enhance the capabilities of IBM's supercomputer "Watson" by using it as a learning tool for medical students. One of the priorities of the program is to leverage Watson to process electronic health record information based on its "deep semantic understanding" of the EHR's content. FierceHealthIT

> Canadians could gain 70 million hours per year with the use of health IT, according to a new study from the Conference Board of Canada. The study also estimates that patients could have avoided 47 million in-person visits in 2011 had they been given electronic access to their health information and use of electronic tools, such as email, to connect with their providers. Announcement

> Eleu Pacific Partners has won an $11.2 million contract with the Military Health System Pacific Joint Information Technology Center. Eleu Pacific will study the feasibility of migration and risk reduction strategies to transition the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to their new and integrated iEHR. Announcement

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