After his $77,147 “Jeopardy!” win this week, Watson is next getting a job in the health care industry.
The supercomputer that beat out two “Jeopardy” champions and which may remind you of something out of the “Terminator” movies was built by IBM to decode questions in English and answer them with lightning speed. But now, IBM hopes to develop a Watson-like version of a physician’s assistant that will allow a doctor to input a patient’s symptoms. The computer will transcribe the words into text, determine what the doctor is asking for, scan related medical textbooks and journals, integrate the patient’s lab tests and family history, and offer a diagnosis.
“Watson’s role here really is sitting between the physician and the vast amount of medical literature and case studies out there that the physician probably doesn’t have time to read,” Jennifer Chu-Carroll, one of the lead researchers on the Watson team at IBM, told The Dallas Morning-News.
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