By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
LAS VEGAS -- IBM's supercomputer Watson -- the formidable Jeopardy! contestant who beat two humans by answering trivia questions at record speed -- may be able to apply the same technology in a clinical setting and arrive at a diagnosis faster than a doctor can...
...Most doctors' brains don't hold the encyclopedic knowledge that the fictitious Gregory House, MD, seems to posses on the TV show House. Rather, diagnosing a patient with mysterious symptoms can involve wading through books, sending emails to colleagues, and using a computer or smartphone to look up symptoms and diagnosis.
In fact, one of the most significant challenges for a physician is searching through vast amounts of data, processing it, and selecting the information that will benefit patient care, van Terheyden said.
That's where Watson comes in...
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Let's face it. Using computers more efficiently will be a key to developing therapy innovations in the future.
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