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IBM announced today that it has acquired two startups, Explorys and Phytel, to beef up its health-focused data-analytics efforts.

The news comes as IBM makes a concerted push in health care. In addition to announcing the acquisitions, IBM today also announced a new Watson Health unit.

Both startups provided cloud technologies. IBM did not disclose the terms of either of the acquisitions.

“The acquisitions bolster IBM’s efforts to apply advanced analytics and cognitive computing to help primary care providers, large hospital systems, and physician networks improve health care quality and effect healthier patient outcomes,” IBM said in a statement today.


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Cleveland, Ohio-based Explorys spun out of the Cleveland Clinic in 2009. The startup offered a cloud service for combining several types of data and handling business intelligence and predictive analytics.

Dallas-based Phytel offered cloud software that could hold various types of health data and provide insight into groups of patients for hospitals. Phytel also sold tools to help health professionals automate patient outreach.

The deals follow IBM’s acquisitions last month of AlchemyAPI and assets from startup Blekko.

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