Thursday, February 14th, 2019

IBM Watson Health Collaborates with Leading Medical Centers
Press Release

The data-driven health unit of IBM announced that it’s making a $50 million investment in research collaborations with the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The 10-year initiative looks to apply artificial intelligence technology towards major public health issues.

According to a company press release, the initial focus of the study will be on improving electronic health records and claims data to address patient safety, precision medicine, and health equity.

Google Looks to Invest $13 Billion in Data Centers Across the United States
Company Blog Post

The tech giant announced that the investments will be made “throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states.”

The investments will provide the company with the capacity to employ tens of thousands of new workers to improve its products and services to its global user-base.

The company stated that 2019 will be the second year in a row where it has grown faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.

Kroger Rolls Out a Mobile Payments Service
Press Release

The retailer announced that it will be launching a mobile payment solution that combines customer payment and loyalty information for the purpose of a faster checkout experience.

According to a company press release, Kroger Pay users will be able to scan a single-use QR code at the point of sale terminal “to quickly communicate payment and loyalty card information, which includes digital coupons and personalized offers.”

The rollout will be made available to 10 markets this Spring with additional plans for further nationwide expansion in the US over the course of the year.