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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 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.)
Related articles on Watson in Healthcare
- IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer is delving into medicine
- Watson on Wikipedia
- Seven Questions With IBM’s Manoj Saxena About Watson and Cancer
Watson in Other Industries
By Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures
(original on TechCrunch.com)
I was asked about a year ago at a talk about energy what I was doing about the other large social problems, namely health care and education. Surprised, I flippantly responded that the best solution was to get rid of doctors and teachers and let your computers do the work, 24/7 and with consistent quality.
Later, I got to cogitating about what I had said and why, and how embarrassingly wrong that might be. But the more I think about it the more I feel my gut reaction was probably right. The beginnings of “Doctor Algorithm” or Dr. A for short, most likely (and that does not mean “certainly” or “maybe”) will be much criticized. We’ll see all sorts of press wisdom decrying “they don’t work” or “look at all the silly things they come up with.” But Dr A. will get better and better and will go from providing “bionic assistance” to second opinions to assisting doctors to providing first opinions and as referral computers (with complete and accurate synopses and all possible hypotheses of the hardest cases) to the best 20% of the human breed doctors. And who knows what will happen beyond that?
Tiny health monitors and tailored therapies, says David B. Agus, author of ”The End of Illness,” a book to be published Tuesday by Free Press. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal published an adaptation of that, and my posting here is a short summary of the WSJ article.
Dr. Agus believes that most of the medical conditions that kill us, such as cancer and heart disease, can be prevented or delayed with personalized medicine, but we don’t yet know enough about how the body works to do the things that avoid causes and prevent illness. He thinks, however, that the end of illness is near.
He describes the future of medicine as holding a big shift from the today’s model, where we currently wait for the body to break before we treat it. We’ll soon be able to adjust our health in real time with help from smartphone apps and wearable sensors that track proteins and the inner workings of cells. We’ll monitor what happens when we exercise, eat more salmon or dark chocolate, or take drug x at dosage y.
Harvard Business School’s Clayton M. Christensen — whose bestselling book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, revolutionized the business world — now presents The Innovator’s Prescription, a comprehensive analysis of the strategies that will improve health care and make it affordable.
In this meaty 87-min lecture at MIT, Professor Christensen explains how you can’t believe everything you learn in business school and reveals insights into such socially significant and complex industries as health care. “It’s the principles of good management that can cause successful companies to fail,” he says.
The lecture introduced concepts from his latest book, where Christensen applies his principles of disruptive innovation to the broken health care system. With collaboration from two pioneers in the field — Dr. Jerome Grossman and Dr. Jason Hwang — he examines a range of symptoms and offers proven solutions.
GE, Microsoft to Launch Joint Venture Aimed at Global Healthcare System Transformation
BARRINGTON, Ill., and REDMOND, Wash. – Dec. 7, 2011 - General Electric Co., through its healthcare IT business, and Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to create a joint venture aimed at helping healthcare organizations and professionals use real-time, systemwide intelligence to improve healthcare quality and the patient experience. Upon formation, the new company will develop and market an open, interoperable technology platform and innovative clinical applications focused on enabling better population health management to improve outcomes and the overall economics of health and wellness.
We notice that Microsoft continues to make inroads into the healthcare field. The Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” is an internet-based tool [built on Microsoft HealthVault] that makes it easy for you to record your family health history. — Wayne Caswell, Modern Health Talk
As healthcare providers and payers around the globe shift from episodic single-patient care to continuous population management, new requirements have emerged for integrated care processes, greater insight and engaging Read the rest of this entry »
Qualcomm announced this week that Qualcomm Wireless Health is now Qualcomm Life, a wholly-owned subsidiary whose mission is to define and connect the global wireless health network and bring medical devices to life by securely connecting them to cloud-based services. The encrypted and HIPAA compliant bimetric data is then remotely accessible by device users, their health care providers and caregivers. (video & illustration below)
I should start this article by saying that I’m both a consumer advocate and long-time advocate of BIG Broadband and fiber-to-the-home, even as I support wider deployment of fast 3G & 4G networks for mobile health apps and other purposes. That’s why I’m posting this 13 minute video, where PBS correspondent Rick Karr reports on why the U.S., where the Internet was born, has now fallen badly behind in the race to the online future. The video describes the telecom business environment of open competition in the Netherlands and its success in promoting ultra-fast fiber-optic networks. That contrasts starkly with the lack of competition here in the U.S., where most consumers only have two broadband Internet providers to choose from: a phone company and a cable company.
Back in May, my advocacy also caused me to submit Lifted by the Cloud, a 7min vision video of cloud-based accessibility to the FCC as part of a contest sponsored by the FCC , the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, and Raising the Floor. And this week, my advocacy caused me to engage in an online debate over whether mHealth is being hijacked by the phone industry for their own gain. The debate got a bit heated, which is common in social media. Enjoy.