Highlands Oncology Group Shortlisted for "Best Sponsor-Focused Tech Development" for Use of IBM Watson

Highlands Oncology Group Nominated For Award Due to Implementation of New Technology Matching Patients With Eligible Clinical Trials

Highlands Oncology Group, Northwest Arkansas’ leading cancer treatment provider, has been nominated as a shortlisted contender for “Best Sponsor-Focused Technological Development” by the Clinical and Research Excellence (CARE) Awards. Highlands Oncology Group was nominated for their use of IBM Watson to electronically screen patients for qualifying clinical trials in which they may be eligible.

IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data, according to the International Business Machines (IBM) website.

Watson for Clinical Trial Matching enhances clinicians’ ability to find the potential list of clinical trials for which patients may be eligible, increases the likelihood that patients are offered the option of a clinical trial for treatment and increases clinical trial fulfillment through effective patient recruitment, according to the IBM website.

In 2016, there will be an estimated 1,685, 210 new cancer cases in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, as such, clinical trial participation is imperative to the advancement of cancer treatment.

Highlands Oncology Group was nominated in congruence with Novartis Oncology and IBM Watson Health for their collaboration in the clinical trial matching program.  

Winners of the 2017 CARE Awards, which recognize excellence across global clinical research, will be decided by a distinguished panel of industry experts and announced at a ceremony on April 5 in Boston, according to the CARE Awards website.

As the leading cancer treatment and research facility in Northwest Arkansas, Highlands Oncology Group is dedicated to the advancement of cancer treatment and to providing patients with the best possible care and results.


Highlands Oncology Group is a state-of-the-art facility, with a world-class team of specialists, that is committed to providing premier cancer treatment and to enhancing the quality of life of patients and their loved ones. Highlands Oncology group provides this in a friendly, comfortable environment conveniently located in Northwest Arkansas. Highlands offers the latest technology of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapies, on-site labs, a pharmacy and an infusion center. They also offer access to clinical trials, multidisciplinary clinics and support groups. Highlands Oncology Group is helping patients win the battle against cancer, every day!

For more information, visit: www.HighlandsOncologyGroup.com.

Source: Highlands Oncology Group