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IBM Watson in a Clinical Setting: Replacing Physicians?

I’m a geek and you know how much I support the inclusion of digital technologies in medicine, healthcare and medical education. At the same time, I always highlight the fact that doctors will be needed for practicing medicine, robots cannot do their job. I know Vinod Khosla thinks otherwise.

Now, after watching the video demonstration of how Watson could help a clinician, I have doubts about a future. We will see how it gets integrated in everyday medicine. I support the IBM Watson project very much, but I hope medical professionals, humans, will always play the major role in the practice of medicine.

See also the Medgadget report.

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  1. No doubt, it can’t replace clinician however it can hugely influence the practice..

    March 3, 2013
  2. Seeing the demo, I’m reassured with how it is proposed it would be integrated into medical management, though I’m truly very interested in getting real information about how it is utilized and how it actually helps in outcomes and patient and physician confidence.

    Specifically, I’m reminded about using Dragon dictation software for my medical dictation, which is supported by my hospital and EMR, but I think the majority of the hundreds of physicians who have tried it and used it at my hospital system have concluded that it took more effort than it saved. In the real world of sometimes very incomplete documentation and buggy difficulty in interpreting data (e.g., having the automated phone tree system understand what you’re saying), I think we’ll confirm that Watson doesn’t share the problems of trying to navigate through a customer service phone call where all you want is to finally get to “AGENT”, the human who can actually interpret what you want reliably.

    Perhaps it will be unfathomably awesome, and I remain open minded, but I think we should reserve judgment before calling it a new era of Watson-facilitated medical care.

    March 5, 2013
  3. The application of IBM Watson technologies to Healthcare business problems is a classic example of how TECH enables us to do more with fewer PEOPLE in the PROCESS. Business Process Re-Engineering & Business Process Automation really rock. What we need to complement it is a commitment to EDUCATIONAL systems that train / retrain for tomorrows workforce. Reality: Advancements in all things Tech & BioTech are just getting started. Hold on!

    March 11, 2013
  4. Janice Flahiff #

    Reblogged this on Health and Medical News and Resources.

    March 22, 2013

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