Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

NLP in Healthcare Part 2

Posted in Clinical Language Understanding, IBM, Jeopardy, NLP, Watson by drnic on December 15, 2010

Following up from my post back in June (NLP in Health care) the Jeopardy challenge is on – coming to your TV February 14 – 16. There was lots of coverage of the announcement
This from the Washington Post – “‘Jeopardy!’ to pit humans against IBM machine” and the IBM release
Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter two of the leading Jeopardy winners will go up against Watson. Jennings had the game show’s longest winning streak at 74 games in a row and Rutter has won the most money standing at $3.3 million.

What is Watson

But what’s important is the possible future applications:

IBM is hoping the technology it exhibits will have some practical uses eventually, for instance helping doctors diagnose illnesses or solving customer problems at technical support centers.

Applying this in healthcare is part of the partnership announced back in October and featured in the posting  “Clinical Documentation Challenges”. It will be exciting to see the performance of Watson in Jeopardy on live TV but its the application of this in healthcare that will present some revolutionary opportunities…watch this space


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