IBM Watson makes UK debut as patient experience app

Patients at Alder Hey hospital, a children's hospital in the United Kingdom, have a new member of their care team: IBM Watson.

The supercomputer is being used for the first time in the U.K., offering its analytics capabilities to help improve the patient experience through an app, reports BBC.

Alder Hey has partnered with the U.K.'s Science and Technology Facilities Council to develop the app. Researchers will ask patients and their families questions about their experience at the hospital, including their thoughts on everything from parking to food to what they want their rooms to look like. Researchers will also ask what questions patients and their families have regarding clinical procedures. Using that information, researchers will train Watson to anticipate questions from patients before they come to the hospital, according to the report.

Eventually, researchers may expand Watson's ability to offer insights into treatments and identify clinical trends, according to the report.

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