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RACGP, IBM Watson, Health& collaborate on health data initiative

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is collaborating with Health&, a new Web portal, and IBM Watson, to provide all Australian general practitioners and their patients access to the latest health and data technologies.

The Health& online proactive health management tool, supported by the RACGP, offers a secure place for individuals and their families to store their health data plus an easy-to- use library of health information approved by the Health& Medical Advisory Board, and made “easy to understand” with IBM Watson.

“Providing easy access to health information is the key to good health for all Australians,” said David Yip, Health Industry technical director, IBM Australia.

“Watson cognitive computing enables people to ask questions in a natural way and then provides answers in natural language, which can improve both their engagement in and access to relevant and consistent information.”

Health& managing director Bob Biddle said Health& would “finally give people the online tools to collect their health information and maintain their health data, available anytime and anywhere”.

“Whether it’s keeping track of daily steps, finding travel health records, assessing personal health risks, or simply managing your health data, having secure online access will be easier than ever before.

“And if people suspect they have the flu, find an odd-looking rash or need information on individualised preventive checks, they’ll be able to search the Health& library for engaging, easy to understand, medically approved health information.”

As Australia’s peak general practice representative organisation, the RACGP says it aims to improve the health and well-being of all people in Australia by supporting GPs ”with resources and innovation such as the Health& platform".

Professor Leon Piterman, chair of the Health& Medical Advisory Board, says he believes the relationship with the RACGP will allow everyday Australians to be more proactive about their health.

“The system makes it simpler for people to manage their own health, in complete partnership with their own doctors.”

Following its launch at this month’s GP16 RACGP conference in Perth, user-guides will be distributed to clinics across Australia to help introduce patients to the Health& system.

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