By CHONG JINN XIUNG and SUSANNA KHOO firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR: Medical diagnosis and treatment are set to get a shot in the arm in the near future, thanks to IBM’s groundbreaking artificial intelligence technology known as Watson.
The computer system, which was named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson, is being used to support doctors’ decision-making process in treating patients. It is expected to help increase the accuracy of diagnosis and the timeliness of treatments offered to a patient.
Although not commercially available yet, Watson has shown remarkable results in the field of oncology (the branch of medicine that deals with cancer).
To date, IBM said it has achieved a 90% accuracy in its treatment prescriptions. This statistic was based on two pilot studies conducted in the United States in collaboration with health insurance company, Wellpoint Inc and private cancer research institute,the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.
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