Apple Inc, IBM Corp working with Japan Post to make apps for elderly care in Japan

Financial Post

NEW YORK — Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership for a program that seeks to improve care of elderly people in the aging nation.

The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world’s population ages.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro announced the deal in New York on Thursday.

Japan Post has a service in which its employees visit elderly people to check up on them on behalf of family members. The tie-up would allow it to use Apple’s devices to collect information on the senior citizens that would then be analyzed by IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology.

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The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will provide cloud services and help create…

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