4 Ways The IBM Watson Is Changing Health Care, From Diagnosing Disease To Treating It

You’re probably familiar with IBM’s supercomputer program Watson from its stint on Jeopardy! about four years ago, when it defeated past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Described on the company’s website as “a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data,” it was this combination of intelligence that allowed it to understand and answer the Jeopardy! questions correctly. Since the show, however, IBM has used Watson more usefully; here are five ways in which the program isn’t only helping the medical field but changing it altogether. Interpreting Medical Images A few months ago, IBM bought Merge Healthcare for $1 billion. The acquisition gave IBM access to more than 30 billion medical images from over 7,500 hospitals and clinics…


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