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HIMSS Turkey Final

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Bart de Witte

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Transcript of HIMSS Turkey Final

Putting Watson to Work

BDent, Bart de Witte, MAppSc, IBM
There's so much to
celebrate in technology
but have you noticed that
one thing hasn't changed?
We have an interface problem
nurses spent 19% of their time on patients
all the rest is used for documentation, assessments, administration and coordination.
the future of the interface is no interface
we have to change how we think about absorbing data

has analyzed:



Journal Articles

Clinical Trails

Other clinical documents

welcome to cognitive computing
In the era of cognitive computing computers will be much more aware of the world around them, and be able to understand it.
Welcome to the Era of Cognitive Computing
Welcome to Watson

Watson is a technology that processes information more like a human than a computer - by understanding natural language, generating hypothesis based on evidence, and learning as it goes
Healthcare strategy addresses 3 BIG challenges :

Medicine is less then 20% of the care delivered in based on available scientific evidence
Medical Knowledge is exploding, currently doubling every 5 years
With the inclusion of Big Data domains such as Longitudinal Healthcare Records, Genomics, Proteomics and Sensor Data that captures life-style data, the model of the Physician acting as the central data repository is broken.

has analyzed:
Ingestion of NCCN guidelines for breast cancer and lung cancer:
Roughly 500,000 unique combinations of breast cancer patient attributes.
Roughly 50,000 unique combinations of lung cancer patient attributes.

Over 600,000 pieces of evidence ingested, from 42 different publications/publishers, including:
The Breast Journal, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (Clinical Practice Guidelines, Drug and Biologics
compendium, et al.), American Journal Of Hematology, Annals Of Neurology, CA: A Cancer Journal For
Clinicians, Cancer Journal, Cochrane, EBSCO, Hematological Oncology, Hepatology, International Journal Of
Cancer, Journal Of Gene Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Oncology Practice, Massachusetts
Medical Society Journal Watch, Massachusetts Medical Society New England Journal Of Medicine, Merck,
Nephrology, UptoDate, Clinical Lung Cancer, Current Problems in Cancer, Cancer Treatment Reviews, Elsevier's
Monographs in Cancer (multiple), Clinical Breast Cancer, European Journal of Cancer, Lung Cancer (the journal).

Watson has received 14,700 hours of training from clinicians

“Medicine has become too complex.
Only about 20% of the knowledge clinicians use today is evidence-based.”

Steven Shapiro, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, UPMC

“ The application of what we know will have
a bigger impact than any drug or technology
likely to be introduced in the next decade.”

Sir Muir Gray
, Director NHS National Knowledge Service & NHS Chief Knowledge Officer
Initial Project Goals:

Build an intelligence engine to provide patient-specific diagnostic test and treatment recommendations
Provide actionable treatment recommendations
Built on the cognitive computing technologies
Developed and Trained in collaboration with partners (Memorial SLoan Kettering, MD Andersen, Cleveland) who are experts in their domain


"in the cancer cases run, it's 90% accurate, the goal is 100% accurancy, today physicians are about 50% accurate"


twitter: @swisshealth20
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