What makes you sick? Ask Dr. Watson

Watson's avatar, inspired by the IBM Watson is IBM’s natural language artificial intelligence supercomputer that last year competed on the quiz show Jeopardy and consistently outperformed two record holding humans, one with the longest winning streak (74 wins), and one winning the most money. Watson can process 200 million times more instructions per second than all of the computers on the recently retired Space Shuttle.

In just 3 seconds, Watson was able to parse and analyze the equivalent of nearly 300 million books to find relevant information. For perspective, if those books were placed on a long bookshelf, the shelf would be longer than 7 football fields.

Watson in Healthcare

WellPoint is pioneering the use of Watson in healthcare, giving physicians better insight to help improve patient outcomes. (See infographic below.)

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The Infographic

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3 thoughts on “What makes you sick? Ask Dr. Watson

  1. I lead a Linkedin discussion on ideas for creating a New Healthcare System and referred to this article. Here’s what I said…

    Even the best doctors have trouble keeping up with the flood of new medical info, and asking them to map treatments to personal DNA or understand homeopathic and 1000-year-old Chinese treatments makes the task so much harder. But a tech solution might help. See http://www.mhealthtalk.com/2012/01/ask-dr-watson/.

    Imagine a patient describing her symptoms to a physician or nurse with immediate access to a powerful supercomputer through their smartphone or tablet. IBM’s Watson, in just 3 seconds, is able to parse and analyze the equivalent of 300 million books to find relevant information and aid in the diagnostics and treatment plan. (AT&T is also working on deep data mining and medical analytics. http://www.mhealthtalk.com/2012/02/ihie/)

    Next, imagine when individual health consumers gain access to similar cloud-based services that also monitor environmental & bio sensors and analyze trends. And then imagine the benefit when medical researchers can analyze sanitized medical records from millions of people to better determine what works for whom and when.

    How fast will this happen? Consider the labor & healthcare implicatio­ns of extending Moore’s Law out 50 years. Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that By 2013, a supercomputer will have the reasoning and processing capacity of the Human Brain. By 2023, a $1,000 home computer will have that power, and by 2037, a $0.01 embedded computer will. AND… By 2049, a $1,000 computer will have the power of the human RACE, and by 2059, a $0.01 computer will. That could all happen in our lifetimes. Is this something the King of the World will pay for?

    For more forecasts on the future of healthcare, see http://www.mhealthtalk.com/2011/10/forecasts/.

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