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Healthcare Technology News

February 1, 2013 | By | No Comments

In a healthcare technology news development, a new prototype of Watson (IBM’s Supercomputer, first starring and winning on the famous game show, Jeopardy) will be used to analyze genetic data along with drug databases and bio-medical journal articles.

watson-dr-patientWatson learns as it processes new information, so the goal is to increase the number of patients who have access to care options tailored to their disease’s DNA.

The real challenge before us is how to make sense of massive quantities of genetic data and translate that information into better treatments for patients.” Dr. Robert Darnell, president and scientific director of the New York Genome Center, said in awats statement. “Applying the cognitive computing power of Watson is going to revolutionize genomics and accelerate the opportunity to improve outcomes for patients with deadly diseases by providing personalized treatment.

He is currently working in oncology at various other medical institutions. Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and New York’s Westmed Medical Group are teaching Watson how to interpret clinical information to diagnose lung cancer. The idea is Watson scans electronic medical records and other clinical data, produces treatment options based on previous results and patient histories and ranks them in order of its confidence level. It builds on work by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and health insurer WellPoint, which taught Watson how to analyze and interpret reams of clinical data.

Leukemia is the lead focus of Watson’s work with MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, which will eventually focus on seven other cancers.

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