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IBM Watson Goes On Silicon Valley Grand Tour
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RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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3/6/2014 | 5:14:28 PM
Re: Crosby clarifies comment on cancer cases:
Not everyone in the healthcare community is convinced of Watson's value. One top hospital CIO recently told me that he thinks Watson is more hype than substance. Clearly, doctors are sensitive to any suggestion that they can be replaced one day with data-crunching machines.
Alison_Diana
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3/6/2014 | 4:29:08 PM
Re: Crosby clarifies comment on cancer cases:
Watson is becoming a terrific asset to doctors at the hospitals you mentioned. IBM's technology doesn't replace physicians; rather, it complements them by quickly going through tons of material that a human physically could not read through. IBM's idea to fund startups planning to build a product or service around Watson is smart and exciting. In addition to money, I'd imagine startups would gain access to knowledge and marketing help too. 
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/6/2014 | 3:35:50 PM
Crosby clarifies comment on cancer cases:
Lance Crosby has contacted me to say his comment on cancer cases could use more context. IBM has previously partnered with John Hopkins University to explore what Watson can do when exposed to masses of medical data. It's also working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson and Wellpoint. Crosby says in these partnerships, Watson has demonstrated an ability to be of assistance to medical professionals. It's shown an aptitude for picking leading cancer indicators out of masses of medical data and sharing that information with doctors. That helps as they make difficult decisions in patient care.


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