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Five Ways IBM Watson is Revolutionizing Health

Ever since IBM’s artificial intelligent computer Watson won annihilated the two most successful contestants on Jeopardy! in 2011 people have been in awe of the continuously learning super-intelligent computer and how it could benefit mankind.

Not surprisingly one way is through health. IBM is working on a number of health-related initiatives by applying its ability to absorb vast quantities of data to make intelligent based decisions. Here are five ways IBM Watson is revolutionizing health.

1. Watson goes to Africa

In February this year it was reported that IBM plans to invest $100 million in a 10-year initiative codenamed Project Lucy to use Watson and other IBM technologies to help countries in Africa address development problems, beginning with healthcare and education.

2. Watson collaborates with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on Cancer Diagnosis

3. Watson Comes to the Smartphone

IBM has run a number of initiatives allowing smartphone developers access to its powerful machine-learning technology to develop health related apps. According to the Nuviun blog these include BioVideo, Sense.ly, GenieMD and GoGoHealth.

4. Watson Collaborates with Cleveland Clinic

WatsonPaths is the result of a year-long research collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and IBM. It uses Watson’s intense data scrutinizing and evaluation software to suggest diagnosis and treatment options for patients.

5. Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than doctors

According to Wired, Watson can diagnose lung cancer with a 90 percent accuracy rate compared to 50 percent for a human doctor. “Its ability to absorb and analyse vast quantities of data is, IBM claims, better than that of human doctors, and its deployment through the cloud could also reduce healthcare costs.”

How else do you see Watson revolutionizing health?

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