IBM to pay $1 billion for medical imaging firm Merge Healthcare in bid to expand Watson

August 6, 2015 - IBM says it will pay $1 billion to acquire medical imaging and software company Merge Healthcare, part of an effort to boost the health care capabilities of Watson, its cognitive computing system being developed largely at their labs in Ottawa. 

Merge's technology is used by 7,500 hospitals and doctor's offices to sort medical images and scans, as well as researchers and pharmaceutical companies. 

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