Demonstrating IBM Watson for healthcare

I work on a computer system called IBM Watson – I might have mentioned it once or twice before?

Yesterday, IBM unveiled the progress that we and our partners have made with Watson in healthcare at an event in New York.

IBM Watson: New Breakthroughs Transform Quality Care for Patients

I didn’t get to go, but I did keep half an eye on what was happening through twitter. Here are some of the tweets that caught my eye.


Some of the tweets set the scene for what we’re trying to do with Watson, and how we’ve been doing it in partnership with people with deep expertise in the healthcare field.


Numbers and stats are always popular, particularly in tweets when you only have 140 characters to sum up the progress that has been made on advancing Watson since Jeopardy! and the achievements we made last year.


Speaking of statistics, there was some idea of the effort that has been involved in training Watson to be able to perform it’s work.


It wasn’t all slides.

We also demonstrated one of the Watson applications we’re developing – the IBM Watson Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Adviser.

It was exciting to see some of the reactions.


I’m really pleased with the demo. We explain how we’re trying to build something that can act as an assistant to medical professionals and get the information that they need at their fingertips, but I think the demo makes that come to life.

IBM Watson Demo: Oncology Diagnosis and Treatment

It’s an eight-minute walkthrough – if you’re in a hurry, there is a cut-down version here.


Some of the discussion looked ahead to the usage of Watson that we expect.


Finally, towards the end of the event, links to some of the more interesting stories and articles started getting shared.

There were many other articles that I’ve seen, including zdnet, The Verge, Ars Technica, Mashable and others.

We regularly hear from the partners that we’re working with the difference that Watson is already making, and their excitement for the future potential that it has to transform healthcare.

But it was fun that yesterday we got to share that with a wider audience and start an even bigger conversation about how to take this forward.


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