Sunday August 07, 2016

IBM Watson AI Saves Woman From Leukemia

One day, doctors may be able to just "plug in the right data and start the healing process." In what I assume is the world’s first case in which an AI made a medical professional look really bad, Watson, in 10 minutes, discovered that a patient’s ailment was misidentified and offered the correct diagnosis.

University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia that had been incorrectly identified months earlier. The analytical machine took just 10 minutes to compare the patient's genetic changes with a database of 20 million cancer research papers, delivering an accurate diagnosis and leading to proper treatment that had proven elusive. Watson has also identified another rare form of leukemia in another patient, the university says.