Search
Close this search box.
Search

IBM Watson correctly diagnosis rare form of leukemia

IBM has new evidence to show that its Watson AI platform can be a welcome addition to the world of digital healthcare. The platform was able to make a correct diagnosis concerning leukemia where human health specialists were unable to do this.

Recently IBM launched a pilot in which Watson is used to learn how to make a diagnosis based upon images such as scans. Now the AI platform  correctly diagnosed a 60-year-old woman’s rare form of leukemia within 10 minutes. The womans condition was a medical mystery that doctors had missed for months at the University of Tokyo. The treatment based upon the original leukemia diagnosis didn’t work, leading them to plug the patient’s genetic information into Watson’s program for answers. New York Daily News writes that Watson sifted through 20 million cancer research papers, and came up with the proper diagnosis within 10 minutes, suggesting a new treatment that has since been more effective.

Watsons first steps on the medical front date from 2011, when the platform was put to work at the Columbia University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. There, Watson was loaded up with medical cases and millions of pages of research papers. The program also went through several sessions with doctors, being corrected whenever it gave a wrong answer. Two years later the platform was made available for doctors and health insurance companies. IBM claims Watson had improved its performance by 240% from 2011 to 2013.

IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data. One of the primary verticals IBM aims at with Watson is the health sector.
Whixx

ICT&health World Conference 2024

Experience the future of healthcare at the ICT&health World Conference from May 14th to 16th, 2024!
Secure your ticket now and immerse yourself in groundbreaking technologies and innovative solutions.
Engage with fellow experts and explore the power of global collaborations.

Share this article!

Read also
Navigating Digital Maturity in Healthcare IT
Digital maturity vs. Reality. How to rethink the IT staff role in a hospital
Online health care icon application on smart phone
End-users of mobile health apps expect far more than a good design
Mayo Clinic started with its innovations for its ten million patients and demonstrated that its model worked, and that data could be ethically and responsibly used to drive innovations.
John Halamka: 'Create the Fear of Missing Out'
Balancing regulatory compliance with seamless adoption, healthcare navigates the integration of AI solutions.
A guide to implementing AI in healthcare amid the EU AI Act
AmyWebb-Stephen-Olker
Futurist Amy Webb claims that wearables will evolve into "connectables"
Digital health solutions empower patients to better manage their health and integrate care into their daily lives.
How to improve Digital Patient Engagement to streamline workflows
For people with diabetes, inaccurate blood glucose measurements can lead to errors in diabetes management, including taking the wrong dose of insulin, sulfonylureas, or other medications that can rapidly lower blood glucose.
Smartwatches measuring glucose level: Harmful but easy to buy fake innovations
How to introduce innovation and AI in healthcare organizations if there is no business model for prevention and quality – Our interview with Professor Ran Balicer, the Chief Innovation Officer at Clalit Health Services and founding Director of Clalit Research Institute.
I see no legitimate rationale for delaying the digital transformation in healthcare
Pioneering Cardiac Arrest Detection for Enhanced Survival.
CardioWatch Revolutionizes Cardiac Arrest Detection
Dr. Oscar Díaz-Cambronero, Head of Perioperative Medicine Department at La Fe Hospital, spearheads innovative telemonitoring initiatives revolutionizing patient care
Smartwatches Saving Lives Inside and Outside the Hospital
Follow us