Ultimately, Watson will import data about a patient--pathology and radiology reports, vital statistics, initial consultation, and any other pertinent information about the patient's health--correlate that with the current research and protocols, and come back with suggestions. Watson might tell the doctor that there's a 60 percent chance that treatment A is best for the patient and a 50 percent chance that treatment B is best. The supercomputer might also suggest additional tests that will enable it to offer better probabilities.
"Changes in technology such as cognitive computing are increasing our ability to go in and look at things we haven't been able to look at in the past," Skarulis says. "We're on the cusp of some of the most exciting changes in medicine."
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