On St. Patrick’s day, I had the pleasure of attending the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) event in Washington DC. IBM has been deeply involved with the research community in Ireland. I was very proud that we were mentioned by the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, in his lunch talk for the work we are doing at the INFANT Centre University College Cork.
Speaking at the lunch hosted by Science Foundation Ireland to celebrate scientific collaboration between Ireland and the United States An Taoiseach (Irish for Prime Minister), Enda Kenny TD, said, “I congratulate both IBM and the Infant Research Centre for collaborating on LEANBH. The project demonstrates the value of collaboration between industry and academia. LEANBH has the potential to have a global impact on the medical care offered to expectant mothers”.
This month we announced this collaboration between IBM Ireland and the INFANT Centre (Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research) at University College Cork (UCC). ‘LEANBH’ is a pilot research project providing remote healthcare monitoring to expectant mothers to improve the detection and treatment of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy complication that affects approximately 5% of all pregnancies. Hypertension, one indicator of pre-eclampsia, is more common in all expectant mothers.
The vision for LEANBH is to manage hypertension and pre-eclampsia care in the home using remote monitoring of the medical data of the at-risk expectant mothers. By doing so, the project aims to reduce the number of unnecessary follow-on hospital visits, lowering the additional stress and cost of visits to both the patients, and the healthcare system. LEANBH will focus on enabling faster responses and a higher quality of care through automated alerts to doctors. Whilst also improving data sharing among the healthcare team members and offering the ability to integrate with electronic healthcare records.
This is one of several collaborations between IBM Analytics and the INFANT Centre.
LEANBH will develop remote monitoring that will be combined with IBM predictive analytics and data modelling capability.
This is the same technology that our Kenexa Smarter Workforce products are using to analyze recruiting and workforce performance. It is gratifying to see our work make a difference not only to today’s workers, but to the youngest among us who will be the workers of tomorrow and support us in our retirement.