How cognitive mobile applications are improving elder patient care

By Judy Murphy

| Healthcare

“Digital is the wires. But digital intelligence — or artificial intelligence, as some people call it — is about much more than that. This next decade is about how you combine those and become a cognitive business.”

Ginni Rometty, IBM chairperson and CEO, was speaking about cognitive computing when she made those remarks at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. As mobile applications become more advanced, innovative app developers are adopting cognitive computing and augmented intelligence to create useful and delightful mobile experiences. These cognitive mobile applications are especially groundbreaking in the healthcare industry.

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SimpleC, a healthcare technology company, delivers a living plan of care through mobile devices and provides highly personalized media-based therapies using IBM Watson analytics. SimpleC’s mobile app lets a patient’s family members, professional caregivers and healthcare providers create a dedicated community of care around a loved one who is aging at home. The app sends reminders to take medication and tracks water intake, diet and meals. Equally important, SimpleC provides a communication platform for the caregiver community members, letting healthcare providers check status updates and letting family members send videos and pictures. Together, these interactive features encourage daily use of the app.

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“We’ve developed a mobile application that brings together decades of medical and behavioral research with data, analytics and Watson cognitive computing on the cloud to guide and encourage success with their activities of daily living,” said Avanlee Okragly, vice president of SimpleC. “SimpleC helps those aging at home manage their chronic conditions in collaboration with their community of caregivers. Technology, especially mobile technology, now makes it feasible and affordable for people to age in place.”

Cognitive mobile applications such as SimpleC augment human intelligence with artificial intelligence to build something better than either on its own.

“When HI combines with AI, we will have the most significant advancement to our capabilities of thought, creativity and intelligence that we will have ever had in history,” according to TechCrunch.

In addition to healthcare, industries including transportation, finance, energy and the environment are exploring new ways cognitive mobile applications can help people live better lives. What is most exciting is how cognitive is creating new platforms and redefining how people interact with technology in ways that can significantly improve their lives.

Written By

Judy Murphy

Chief Nursing Officer, IBM Global Healthcare

Judy Murphy is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at IBM Healthcare, where she is responsible for building relationships and expanding business across the healthcare industry. She is a strategic advisor to clients and helps put together health IT solutions for providers in order to improve…