RALEIGH — Anthem Inc., a health benefits company, is the second founding member to join the IBM Q Hub at NC State University, where it will explore how quantum computing may further enhance the consumer health care experience.
Last year NC State became the first university in North America to establish an IBM Q Hub as part of the global IBM Q Network, a collaboration between IBM and Fortune 500 companies, national research labs, startups, and leading universities to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications for science and business.
Hubs have a unique role within the network, focused on accelerating industry collaborations, learning, skill development and implementation of quantum computing.
“NC State Executive Director Daniel Stancil, said in a statement, “Our quantum computing researchers and students will work with them to identify opportunities for development and implementation in the health benefits arena.”
Through NC State’s IBM Q Hub, Anthem will have access to the world’s largest fleet of quantum computing systems for commercial use cases and fundamental research. This includes the recently announced 53-qubit quantum computer, which is the single largest universal quantum system made available for external access in the industry to date.