CLEVELAND, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the formation of a collaboration to advance Watson's use in the medical training field. The IBM team of researchers that created Watson will work with Cleveland Clinic clinicians, faculty and medical students to enhance the capabilities of Watson's Deep Question Answering technology for the area of medicine.
Watson's ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language and quickly process information to piece together evidence for answers can help healthcare decision makers, such as clinicians, nurses and medical students, unlock important knowledge and facts buried within huge volumes of information.
Watson has been gaining knowledge in the field of medicine, and Cleveland Clinic with IBM recognized the opportunity for Watson to interact with medical students to help explore a wide variety of learning challenges facing the medical industry today.
Rather than attempting to memorize everything in text books and medical journals (now acknowledged as an impossible task), students are learning through doing – taking patient case studies, analyzing them, coming up with hypotheses, and then finding and connecting evidence in reference materials and the latest journals to identify diagnoses and treatment options in the context of medical training.
This process of considering multiple medical factors and discovering and evidencing solution paths in large volumes of data reflects t