Walter Rhett

In Perlo on February 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Gigaom

After about a year of training its Watson system on more than 600,000 pieces of medical evidence and 2 million pages of medical research, IBM(s ibm) is now offering a cloud-based Watson service to help oncologists develop the best-possible treatments for cancer patients.

Watson, if you’ll recall, was designed as a question-answering system that defeated two Jeopardy! champions on primetime television in 2011. A complex set of technologies including natural-language processing, machine learning and other data-analysis techniques let it understand written questions, then analyze them against the source material to find the best possible answers.

In the case of cancer research, IBM is working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering  in New York to load Watson’s database with those millions of pieces medical records and research that it can learn from and analyze questions against. Sloan-Kettering is also training Watson on 1,500 real-world lung cancer cases, helping it to decipher physician notes and…

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