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LAS VEGAS — After a string of costly business failures in health care, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on Tuesday insisted the company was not retreating from championing the potential of its Watson artificial intelligence capabilities to shake up the medical industry.

“Watson Health is a very important part” of IBM’s business, Rometty told STAT in her first interview on the company’s health division since its manager left in October, after months of uneven financial performance.

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