How Watson can help your hospital from drowning in data

I’ve spoken about IBM’s Watson multiple times. Mostly because I am astonished each and every day at how ground breaking this technology is, and also because this is only the beginning. IBM Watson Health is able to apply the advanced capabilities of Watson’s cognitive system to stream line tasks to help doctors not only come up with treatment plans faster, but eventually will even find better plans than that of which a group of doctors would’ve suggested.

When an individual is diagnosed with a disease such as cancer, a personalized care plan is developed for their specific case. Each case of cancer is different so these plans take time to create, and I’m not talking about 15 minutes. Each single patient’s genome represents more than 100 gb of data, and doctors have to go through  that data along with electronic medical records, journal studies and clinical trial information. This can take weeks and in “cancer time” that’s just too long.

The goal is for organizations such as University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to be able to implement Watson’s cognitive system allowing doctors to analyze, interpret and also suggest evidence- based treatment plans… in minutes rather than weeks.

Can you imagine how ground breaking this will be? Watson technology is available today and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I urge you to do so.

Watson is the type of technology that tomorrow is made of, its game changing and you can become a part of that today.

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