IBM Watson Shows Us How Machine Learning Is Transforming Cancer Care
Famed for its winning appearance on the popular game show Jeopardy!, IBM Watson has become an important tool for doctors working with cancer patients around the world. Having trained the supercomputer to understand the complexities and nuances of human language, IBM developed Watson for Oncology, which provides information to physicians to help them identify personalized, evidence-based cancer care options. Based on research done in India, it was found that Watson’s treatment recommendations matched those of doctors at a rate of 96 percent for lung, 81 percent for colon and 93 percent for rectal cancer cases. Watson Clinical Trials Matching, meanwhile, evaluates data from patient records and doctor's notes to automatically find eligible patients for clinical trials. In one Arkansas-based study, this reduced clinical trial screening time from 1 hour and 50 minutes to just 24 minutes.