IBM Watson's next adventure: Healthcare with Nuance

IBM Watson's next adventure: Healthcare with Nuance

Summary: IBM has said its Watson computer would be applied beyond Jeopardy and now is making good on that promise. IBM and Nuance Communications have launched a research program to commercialize Watson for the healthcare industry.

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IBM has said its Watson computer would be applied beyond Jeopardy and now is making good on that promise. IBM and Nuance Communications have launched a research program to commercialize Watson for the healthcare industry.

If you recall, Nuance has a big footprint in the healthcare market where voice recognition is common. The plan for IBM and Nuance is to combine Big Blue's Deep Question Answering (QA), natural language processing and machine learning with Nuance's speech recognition and clinical language understanding software.

IBM and Nuance expect the first commercial tools from the Watson collaboration to be available in about 18 to 24 months. Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine are also participating in the effort. The idea for Columbia and the University of Maryland is to figure out where Watson can be the most useful to doctors.

The overall goal for Watson is to sort through volumes of data to help physicians find answers, previous cases and reference material.

Under the terms of the research effort, IBM and Nuance will both invest in a five-year research to apply Watson's technology. IBM also licensed Watson's technology to Nuance, which becomes a preferred partner of Big Blue.

Related: IBM's Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang?

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  • Eventually, Dr Watson will be the only doctor needed

    because, most of what a doctor does is diagnostics and issuing prescriptions. Oh, and recording and using people's health histories. <br><br>We won't be needing most doctors and we especially won't be needing Obamacare.<br><br>Bring on Dr Watson!
    adornoe
    • Final Jeopardy

      Q: Which U.S. city named its largest airport after a WWII hero, and its second-largest airport after a WWII battle?

      Watson: What is Toronto.

      When it comes to Dr. Watson and real patients, you go first.
      Robert Hahn
      • Actually, neither you nor I, will have a choice, if Dr Watson becomes real

        and most or all doctors and clinics and hospitals and medical insurance plans become dependent upon a computerized diagnostics machine that could also issue prescriptions.
        adornoe
  • RE: IBM Watson's next adventure: Healthcare with Nuance

    I am excited about the potentials for all of these technologies. In the case of Watson, I believe semantic data analysis could be applied to many industries, including but not limited to health care. In this blog post, I ponder the question of how valuable he would be in a creative brainstorming session http://www.creativerealities.com/innovationist-blog/bid/53746/IBM-s-Watson-the-Ultimate-Brainstorming-Resource
    chrisd22086
  • RE: IBM Watson's next adventure: Healthcare with Nuance

    How about using semantic technologies like Watson in business settings? How about in CREATIVE business settings? In this article, I discuss how valuable he would be in a creative brainstorming session http://www.creativerealities.com/innovationist-blog/bid/53746/IBM-s-Watson-the-Ultimate-Brainstorming-Resource
    chrisd22086