IBM has established a 2 million euro IBM Healthcare Competency Centre at the IBM premises in Barcelona to develop innovative technologies and solutions to meet the demands of the European Healthcare sector. It will be functional in September this year. The centre will serve as a bridge between IBM Research Labs, IBM business consultants, and healthcare companies and organisations. One of the initial goals is to enable medical staff to access a patient’s complete, digitised history and all medical records and scans in near-real time, enabling precise, immediate treatment. Among the objectives of the centre are to create analyses and background information about technology requirements in healthcare and respond to industry needs. This will help accelerate new research discoveries into clinical practice. IBM is enabling innovations in medical research and life sciences in areas from cancer to AIDS/HIV; helping the pharmaceutical industry and related companies discover and test new treatments; and advancing how healthcare is delivered, managed, measured and personalised. IBM has also pledged royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open software standards for the healthcare sector.