MILWAUKEE, Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- iDAvatars is excited to be named one of the first 100 IBM Watson ecosystem partners to introduce its product to market. The official announcement was recently made at an invite-only IBM Watson: Fueling the Cognitive Economy event in San Francisco, where iDAvatars presented a demo of its Intelligent Digital Avatar platform powered by IBM Watson.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to be one of the first 100 companies to bring to market the cognitive power of IBM Watson in our product, which empowers patients with chronic diseases to take control of their health and wellness," said iDAvatars CEO, Norrie Daroga. iDAvatars joins other start ups and innovators in established businesses that leverage the Watson Developer Cloud, a platform used by more than 77,000 developers globally to pilot, test, and deploy new business ideas.
Most recently, the Veterans Health Administration commenced using iDAvatars in its Virtual Medical Center for patients with diabetes, PTSD, and other conditions which require long term management and access to educational content. According to Daroga, "Seventy-five percent of the current cost of healthcare in the U.S. is related to about 20 chronic diseases, such as diabetes, COPD, and heart disease, and a large portion of this cost can be controlled by the patient making healthy lifestyle choices."
Daroga added, "We were recognized for using the cognitive power of IBM Watson to provide patients with an engaging and interactive user experience, helping them assess, track, and control their illnesses through changes in diet, exercise, compliance with medical regimen, and compassionate and encouraging social support." In addition to these first 100 ecosystem partners, there are approximately 250 more companies that are in the process of building Watson-based tools.
iDAvatars is committed to creating the next generation of mobile health technology that thrives on the relationship with the user. Its digital avatars have an IQ to help connect people and share information and possess, an emotional intelligence that allows them to respond to the human condition, interacting with users with empathy and humanity. We are the only integrated platform in the field that combines unity animation, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, emotion recognition, automated speech recognition, and text to speech to build avatars capable of listening, having contextual conversations and responding with gestures. www.idavatars.com