Breaking Viewpoint - IBM Acquires Truven Health to Bet Big on Big Data and Watson Health

22 Feb 2016
by Abhishek Singh, Nitish Mittal

Executive Summary

On February 18, 2016, IBM announced plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, a provider of healthcare data integration and analytics solutions and services, for US$2.6 billion. This was IBM’s fourth major acquisition under its Watson Health unit since IBM Watson was established in 2014. Truven Health offers population health & cost analysis, performance management, payment integrity & compliance, patient care, market analysis, claims management, and research solutions. This breaking viewpoint presents an analysis along the following lines:

  • Facts about the acquisition
  • Context behind the acquisition and rationale driving it
  • IBM’s strategy for data-driven healthcare
  • Challenges going forward

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