Cleveland Clinic, IBM Making Progress On Watson Supercomputer

Joseph Goedert | Health Data Management | October 15, 2013

A year after starting work with IBM to develop ways for the Watson supercomputer to support medical training and serve as a doctor’s assistant, the Cleveland Clinic has issued a progress report that includes two new technologies.

The clinic and IBM have developed WatsonPaths, a new process to train the supercomputer to interact with clinicians in a way that is more natural, enabling them to understand the data sources that Watson consulted and how it made recommendations.

WatsonPaths will support medical students by having them use Watson to try to resolve hypothetical clinical simulations, helping the students learn how to navigate content, consider hypotheses and find evidence to support answers, diagnoses and treatment options, while also grading Watson’s ability. [...]