Words can hardly express the pride a father feels when his child graduates college, gets his first job, and ... finally starts paying his own way. Today, I imagine IBM
Why this is news
For years, we've been hearing about how expanding use of technology was going to revolutionize health care and dramatically reduce costs. Quality Systems
I don't know about you, but I haven't seen either of these things happen in any of the doctors' or dentists' offices that I frequent. But perhaps that's because the medical professionals who are supposed to charge less as they benefit from these technologies aren't quite convinced of the savings -- while they're very aware of the cost to implement these systems. If that's the case, though, perhaps Watson is the kind of medical technology that might actually succeed.
WellPoint, you see, isn't a doctor. It's an insurer that pays doctors. As such, it's particularly motivated to find ways to reduce costs. As evidence of which, it's said to be paying both "over time," and also "up front" for access to Dr. Watson.
Why this is bignews
From an investor's perspective, this is really big news. IBM stock already looks attractively valued, you see. The shares sell for just 13 times earnings but pay a 1.9% dividend and are pegged for 12% growth. That's a fair price by any measure.
But according to IBM, Watson has the potential to grow into a $1 billion-a-year business as rival insurers such as UnitedHealth Group
This, Fool, is big news -- and potentially big profits for IBM shareholders.
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