IBM's Watson in Healthcare: 4 Stories

IBM's Watson computer is increasingly being used in heathcare, analyzing the big data created by organizations to better improve healthcare delivery.

Here are four developments on Watson's role in healthcare, compiled on Becker's Hospital Review over the past five months, starting with the most recent.

1. Watson is analyzing genomic sequencing data at the New York Genome Center to find the best treatment options for individual patients.

2. Healthcare developers are harnessing IBM Watson's abilities to develop healthcare apps, both patient-centered for individual use and system-wide apps for providers to ensure best decisions for patients' needs.

3. Developers of IBM Watson opened the artificial intelligent computer as a cloud-based developmental platform for software vendors to develop apps. The developmental platform will offer a developer toolkit, educational materials and access to Watson's application programming interface.

4. The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University collaborated with IBM to develop two new Watson technologies: WatsonPaths and WatsonEMR Assistant. WatsonPaths allows physicians to understand how Watson arrives at medical suggestions and Watson EMR Assistant helps physicians locate key information in the electronic medical record.

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