Manipal Hospitals fights cancer using IBM’s ‘Watson’

Manipal can combine clinicians’ expertise across various types of cancers with Watson’s cognitive computing technology. “We are at an inflection point in India regarding cancer care” Manipal Hospitals corporate and teaching facilities will adopt IBM’s supercomputer, called Watson, to fight cancer, chief executive of the hospital Dr. Ajay Bakshi said. Watson uses natural language processing and machine learning to analyze large amounts of medical data to speed up the diagnosis process. It would reveal insights that would help oncologists provide cancer patients with individualized healthcare. This includes assessing individual tumours to suggest which drug should be used to target them, Dr. Bakshi said. “We are at an inflection point in India regarding cancer care,” he said. The company decided to take the help of Watson as there was a shortage…


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