What’s Up Watson? 3 ways IBM is helping the medical industry

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By: Jared Cotter | Cassarah Coffey Posted: 10:00 PM, Apr 26, 2017

The world was introduced to the wonder of Watson in 2011, and now IBM’s AI supercomputer has graduated to bigger challenges. Watson is learning to help industries like hospitality, business management, and even sports with its cognitive abilities. Now, health care is Watson's next frontier. Jared Cotter talked with IBM Watson Health’s Kathy McGroddy-Goetz about how this super computer system is helping the medical industry.

1.  Watson for Oncology

It uses that natural language processing again to actually go through and read in the data from a patient's electronic medical record, and then it has gone through and read all the journal articles, it knows about all the latest clinical trials that are out there and it can provide the best evidence-based recommendation that the doctor can then discuss with a patient to help choose the appropriate treatment.

2.  Watson for Drug Discovery

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in 2014 and raised $115 million. Some of that money is funding research with Watson. Watson recently identified 5 new genes that are linked to ALS that people had previously no knowledge that they were related at all.

3.  Suger.IQ with Watson

IBM Watson Health has worked with MedTronics to build a solution for diabetes. It's kind of a personal assistant in the form of an iOS app and what it does is it actually takes data that comes from their continuous glucose monitor device and it actually generates insights. They can log their food and it tracks their activity and lots of other things and so it starts detect these patterns like you tend to go low every day after 2 in the afternoon.

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