Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare


[ MUSIC ] In Jeopardy!, built into the
game is this notion of confidence — that it’s not worth answering
unless you’re sure. And in the real world, there
are lots of problems like that. You don’t want your doctor to guess. You want them to have confidence in his answer
before he decides to give you a treatment. You’re never going to replace a trained
doctor or a nurse, but certainly a system like Watson could be a physician’s assistant. It could help to check on
things: did you consider this? Did you consider that? The management of diseases
is phenomenally complicated for any given especially chronic disease. There are all sorts of nuances. You know, it’s not one size fits all.>>FRASE: Suppose a 45 year old
guy walks in with chest pains; how are you going to decide
how best to treat him, not just to treat the average 45
year old guy with chest pains?>>CHASE: We’ve got patients that are
incredibly complex with what I would call, our computer scientists would
call “conditionals.” All that is computable.>>JASINSKI: Watson will be able to look at all of that information and answer
questions about it. Watson is very applicable
to those kinds of queries and the urgency of that, the speed of it.>>CHASE: Twenty percent of medical
errors are diagnostic errors. And it’s not that they’re missed
diagnoses; often, they’re delayed. Watson has the capacity to get
the diagnosis up there sooner.>>JASINSKI: Suppose you’re a
clinician, a doctor, a nurse, trying to diagnose a very complex case. You have some ideas, but in
order to confirm your hypothesis, confirm what you think is wrong,
you need a lot of information.>>CHASE: For at least 30 years, it’s
been humanly impossible for a physician to master all the material they need
to practice at the highest level. Biomedical literature has
doubled in size every seven years, but the patients want those
facts at the doctor’s fingertips.>>IWATA: We would like some help to narrow the
choices and ultimately pick the right decision. And I think in that regard, Watson
is a very necessary advance.>>CHASE: It is the effective and
efficient storage, retrieval, analysis and use of biomedical
information to improve health. At the end of the day, the
goal is to improve health.

19 Replies to “Perspectives on Watson: Healthcare”

  1. Dear @IBMWatson – This domain, treated as distinct from Jeopardy! type QA, requires (I suggest w/respect &tc &tc) refactoring along just the vector I've been tweeting at you about. I further suggest (Never thought this one before.) that the matter of "confidence" and "certainty" has not been explored and grasped. regards @bentrem

  2. There will be no need for human doctors in the future. Doctors examine symptoms and cross check them with their knowledge of medical literature. Watson will far surpass the most knowledgeable doctors on earth, and be available in every office. Plus, surgeons will be replaced by ultra accurate machinery already in the prototype stage. This is one more step down the line to complete automaton in the workplace and the reorganization of our entire economic system. (Look up THE ZEITGEIST MOVEMENT.)

  3. @kanefreeman1 It goes a lot further than just healthcare. Practically every job could be fulfilled by an automated machine. Even prostitutes!

  4. This is awesome. If robots could replace all the jobs we have now, I wonder where next our creativity will take us!! The world would be so cool.

  5. A system like Watson more capable of information retrieval than a human physician (keeping in mind that all data in informatics is presently human-generated). Though I believe AI in medical science can far usurp anything of which a Natural Language Processing bot alone, like Watson, or any physician is capable.

  6. I think that with the quality of food degrading more and more in time, people will need more health care services because people health will be less and less heath and the need of exercise or phisycal health will have na ever importante role in our lives.

  7. Hey could Technology substitute pills or medications one day……..i think that overdose of medications does damage to you health…….any idea?

  8. Hey….maybe Watson could give……… sugestions……research…….discussion……analyses……images (HD)……"etc"……to Doctors……because its nearly impossible a doctor to master all biomedical literature………….

  9. yay!!!! another way for doctors to do less work and get more pay!!! like the guy who walks in when you are strewn out on the examination table, pokes you in the bum and asks – "did that hurt?", to which you grudgingly reply yes, and then that guy tacks $2 GRAN onto your bill, wuupeeee!!!!

  10. Hey….."Molecular Health"…….Compute at the molecular level could in the future take care of all health problems..for that i think we would need moderating computing power.

  11. That is why i dont do doctors….just my regular five pills a day…..and watson…the goal is to improve molecules.

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