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Submission + - Finland and IBM partner to develop personalized healthcare with AI

Kiuas writes: "Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and IBM today announced a partnership that will enable Finland to utilize Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens, and strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and business ecosystem in the fields of health and well-being. To facilitate the collaboration, IBM intends to establish a Watson Health Center of Excellence in Finland, the first Nordic Healthcare Competence Center, and the first National Imaging Center of Excellence outside the United States in Finland.

Finland has a unique health ecosystem characterized by full electronic health records and nation-wide access to healthcare, in addition to the close co-operation among public and private sector entities working in health and wellness. Finland is also a European forerunner in designing new legislation for secondary and secure use of data on well-being and health. Enabling regulation is believed to open new opportunities for research, development and innovations.

"Tekes estimates that investments by Finnish companies and Tekes to artificial intelligence in well-being and healthcare will reach hundreds of millions euros over the next five years," said Director Anssi Pulkkinen, strategic head of well-being and health at Tekes. "Cognitive technologies, like IBMs Watson, will enable a new management design and systemic control of healthcare. Tekes' vision is an open healthcare ecosystem based on compliant and efficient utilization of healthcare data, making our hospitals the world's most advanced data-led IoT hospitals."

The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) is planning to work with Watson Health and employ cognitive computing to aid in the early identification of serious bacterial infections in prematurely born babies and to bolster imaging of cerebral hemorrhage patients. HUS is also evaluating Watson Health and employing cognitive computing to aid physicians in providing patients with personalized cancer care. "IBMs approach to AI, with its focus on augmenting human intelligence, may open up entirely new avenues for us to develop treatments. There is potentially globally groundbreaking research in these areas of application with Watson cognitive computing," said Chief Medical Officer of HUS Markku Mäkijärvi."

Submission + - Finnish startup subsidiary to re-launch Nokia phones with Android

Kiuas writes: The Finnish Broacasting Company YLE reports that Micrsoft has sold the rights to use the Nokia brand on phones to a Finnish startup firm HDM as well as to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn. From the article:

The new firm will be headed by former Nokia executive Arto Nummela. Since Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft about two years ago, he's been overseeing their mobile business in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. "We will be completely focused on creating a unified range of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets, which we know will resonate with consumers," says Nummela. "Branding has become a critical differentiator in mobile phones, which is why our business model is centred on the unique asset of the Nokia brand, and our extensive experience in sales and marketing," he adds.

The rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets is exclusive for ten years. At the same time, the rights to use the Nokia brand on entry-level feature phones were sold to both HDM and FIH Mobile, a Taiwanese subsidiary of Foxconn at a price of 350 million dollars, including the transfer of 4500 employees.

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Submission + - Microsoft shares our pain

Kiuas writes: Many windows users dislike the error report windows that keep popping up when an application crashes. They can be turned off, but what really happens if you press the mystical "Send error report" -button. Well, this video shows you how microsoft uses their new WSYP (We Share Your Pain) program to share your pain with the programmers in order to make the work harder. At least now there is one good reason to press the button more often.

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