On Tuesday, Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam addressed the World Health Care Congress and pledged to keep Verizon on the front lines of mobile’s connection to healthcare in the 21st century.
During his remarks, McAdam discussed the challenges facing the U.S. health care delivery system and highlighted Verizon’s efforts to help transform it through the use of information technology.
McAdam revealed that Verizon will form a strategic relationship with NantWorks LLC, a California-based technology and health care company. This initiative follows Verizon’s recent combining of its wired and wireless services and IT and network assets to form an integrated health IT organization.
The companies will leverage NantWorks’ unique set of health care technologies and Verizon’s platform-based health IT portfolio of mobility, cloud and IT offerings to accelerate significant change through highly scalable, connected health IT solutions.
According to details provided during today’s announcement, Verizon and NantWorks’ first initiative will be to create an integrated information infrastructure, the Cancer Knowledge Action Network, to improve the treatment of cancer. The network will give physicians, for the first time, immediate access to the most up-to-date best-practice information about effective protocols for the treatment of specific cancer conditions.
“The future of medicine is digital and mobile,” said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder and CEO of NantWorks. “NantWorks and Verizon share a common vision for the transformation of the health care industry through ‘big data.’ As one of our first targets, we will explore ways to translate the massive amounts of data available on cancer treatment. Our goal is turn this data into actionable information at the point of care, enabling better care through mobile devices in hospitals, clinics and homes.”
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