When Deborah DiSanzo, a veteran Massachusetts health care technology executive, went looking for her next career move, she made what might seem like an unusual choice: IBM Corp.
But IBM’s shift from computer hardware to software and services has taken the New York company deep into the world of doctors, hospitals, and drug companies.
DiSanzo signed on as leader of its new health care division, called Watson Health, and got lucky when IBM decided to plant the unit’s headquarters in Kendall Square: no relocation necessary.
IBM is making a big bet on health care, and it’s doing it here in the technology and life sciences hub of Massachusetts. Since IBM Watson Health was launched in 2015, the company has made four acquisitions worth about $4 billion and forged numerous partnerships with major hospitals, drug makers, and other companies.