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IBM's Supercomputer to Help Better Diagnosis and Treatment

by Tanya Thomas on  May 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM Research News   - G J E 4
International computer manufacturer IBM has made another major advancement with its supercomputer.

Watson computer system, best known for defeating the world's best Jeopardy! players, is now delivering rapid-fire answers to questions about diseases and medicines.
 IBM's Supercomputer to Help Better Diagnosis and Treatment
IBM's Supercomputer to Help Better Diagnosis and Treatment
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The company said it could be suggesting diagnoses and treatments to doctors right at a patient's bedside in the next couple of years, reports the Daily Mail.

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A recent demonstration showed how Watson's diagnoses evolved as the computer was given more information about a patient, including where the patient lived.

When told a patient was pregnant, for example, it altered its treatment suggestion.

Watson is being fed a diet of medical textbooks and journals and taking training questions in plain language from medical students.

The imposing Watson first made headlines when it comprehensively beat Jeopardy! champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings.

Named after IBM's former president Thomas Watson, the computer's secret to success is its ability to understand language and solve problems through complex algorithms.

Source: ANI
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