International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) has been betting big on artificial intelligence (AI). The company’s AI-enabled Jeopardy!-winning cognitive supercomputer, Watson, has become the catch-all for the company’s efforts in the area. Watson has been touted to revolutionize such diverse areas as cybersecurity, customer service, and even tax return preparation.
But nowhere is IBM’s bet on Watson more evident than in the area of healthcare. The supercomputer’s ability to analyze vast stores of data and recognize patterns make it a natural fit for medical applications.
Is there a doctor in the house?
IBM’s tentpole program Watson for Oncology began in 2012 with a partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center doctors to tap their knowledge and catalog their specific expertise in rare forms of cancer. Those early collaborations produced impressive results and led to a full-court press to revolutionize healthcare. Watson is now addressing a variety of other medical areas including personalized care, patient
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