IBM on Thursday said it will acquire Truven Health Analytics in a deal valued at $2.6 billion.
The purchase further builds out the IBM Watson Health unit. Truven tracks cost, claims and quality data in health care. In addition, Truven has methodologies and algorithms to track healthcare costs and quality.
IBM's plan is to integrate Truven's data into its Watson Health Cloud to deliver what Big Blue calls "insights as a service." As noted in a ZDNet profile of Watson Health, IBM is aiming to acquire enough data and technology to track health "from single-individual level to population level."
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