Case Study: Watson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Through a collaboration with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM has trained Watson in oncology to aid doctor's in their fight against cancer.
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As medical professionals research, publish and discover new treatments, clinicians are under pressure to keep up to date with the latest breakthroughs in their fields. But in practice, sifting through all the newly published medical findings would take more than six days each week - with no sleep.

But breakthroughs in computing are easing the burden. IBM Watson - the first computer in the emerging generation of cognitive computing - uses natural language processing to read through the vast and growing body of medical knowledge and provide recommendations, replete with cited sources, based on a clinician's observations.

"Watson is a tool that processes information (and) fills in the gaps of human thought," said Marty Kohn, chief medical scientist for IBM Research, "bringing you the information that you would want to have anyway to make that better decision."

In 2012, IBM collaborated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to train Watson in cancer treatment, exposing it to journal articles, physicians' notes and guidelines and best practices to aid doctor's in their fight against cancer.

For details, see the IBM case study on its collaboration with MSKCC.


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