The supercomputer named Watson was a big hit last year when it became famous for beating two Jeopardy! champions. By using its IBM natural language processor, it perused its vast reams of knowledge to respond to the oral questions. Now, Watson will help medical students at Cleveland Clinic analyze medical problems and develop evidence-based solutions. By using its base of medical knowledge, it will be a valuable partner to medical students. In return, students will help improve Watson’s language and domain analysis capabilities. So medical students and Watson will benefit from each other’s strengths and expertise.

Fierce Health IT brought this news to our attention in their article, “Cleveland Clinic taps IBM’s Watson for med school.” I will continue to be impressed with Watson, the technology, and those that created it.

Melody K. Smith

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