Putting Evidence-Based Learning Into Practice

A leading insurance company is utilizing Watson to help provide evidence-based recommendations on requests to approve medical procedures.
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Nearly a third of the $2.3 trillion spent on healthcare in the U.S. is wasted each year. Among the reasons behind the waste is an inefficient preapproval process governing insurance coverage on many medical procedures.

In an effort to improve that process, WellPoint, a leading health insurance company, teamed up with IBM Watson, allowing its clinicians to train the computer with 18,000 historical cases from patients.

When facing a request to approve a medical procedure, Watson can analyze those cases in the context of an individual patient's request almost instantly, providing WellPoint with recommendation backed up by clinical evidence.


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