IBM Watson Collaboration Aims to Improve Oncology Decision Support Tools

Working with Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy!-winning computer, oncologists are developing new supercomputing tools for treatment decision support, reported Andrew D. Seidman, MD, senior breast medical oncologist of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)/IBM Watson Oncology Collaboration, and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Seidman spoke at the 33rd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference, held March 10–13 in Miami Beach, Florida. “Exponentially-growing data and information” represent a central challenge for oncologists’ approach to clinical decision-making, Dr. Seidman said. Computers are helping tackle that challenge, he noted, with clinical decision-support tools, clinical electronic records, and “back end” coordination of test ordering and insurance authorization, and meaningful-use legislation requires that health IT capture and communicate information for care coordination, to improve quality, safety, and efficiency outcomes—and to…


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