Jan 13, 2011. Anna Fredricks, IBM Healthcare Industry market manager.
IBM's Watson will analyze natural language questions, posed as Jeopardy! clues, on U.S. television, February 14-16. What else would be possible in a Watson-enabled future? What if Watson could help physicians find evidence and scientific support for diagnosis and treatment decisions? What if Watson could act as a physician's assistant during patient consults, crunching data from similar cases as the physician takes voice notes?
While medical centers don't have a Watson to interact with, as Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will, the same Smart Analytics technologies that Watson relies on to answer the quiz show clues is available today and is being applied to solve healthcare problems.
Creating value from health data
While poor information still hinders the ability of healthcare providers to consistently and accurately diagnosis patient conditions, today's health analytics solutions are giving care providers, administrators and insurers new ways to understand what works, what does not work and why.
For example, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology saw a need to better detect neonatal babies' subtle warning signs of complications - but doctors needed greater insight into the moment-by-moment condition of the babies.