An Update on IBM Watson for Health Care — Ignore The AI Carnival Barkers

Reading time: 2 minutes 30 seconds Check the news on IBM Watson for Health Care: STAT reports that IBM is halting sales of Watson AI for drug discovery FierceBiotch reports that IBM employees were recently told of this decision and are reassessing Watson’s prospects in the broader biopharma industry. Troubles in IBM’s Watson for Oncology – a clinical advisor project – became visible in 2017. The root of these negative news events is not a failure of technology. It’s a failure to meet the inflated expectations that people had for future versions of the technology. Watson – including Watson AI for drug discovery and other Watson Health initiatives –…

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Digital Assistants/Chatbots: What Should Patients Expect?

Digital assistants like Siri , Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant are becoming commonplace  in our houses, devices and apps. Soon these same assistants will begin offering healthcare related services. Here’s a look at what to expect for the next 2 years. Soon these digital assistants may also order our medications or schedule dental cleanings. For example, Microsoft and others now offer AI-platforms for developers to create bot services. Possibly, creating digital medical assistant services.  Imagine asking: “Siri:  Find me a Heart Surgeon!” But are patients ready to accept medical advice from an algorithm? Currently, healthcare digital assistants are chatbots. Their user interface is primarily textual. Equipped with natural…

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