IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled two new Watson-related cognitive technologies that are expected to help physicians make more informed decisions faster and to cull new insights from electronic medical records (EMR).
The projects known as “WatsonPaths” and “Watson EMR Assistant” are the result of a year-long research collaboration with faculty, physicians and students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
Both are key projects that will create technologies that can be leveraged by Watson to advance the technology in the domain of medicine, believes IBM.
Meanwhile, Royal Philips and Accenture have announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness of performing surgical procedures. (Read: Philips to Deliver Vital Patient Data via Google Glass)
With the WatsonPaths project, IBM scientists have trained the system to interact with medical domain experts in a way that’s more natural for them, enabling the user to more easily understand the structured and unstructured data sources the system consulted and the path it took in offering an option.
The Watson EMR Assistant project aims to enable physicians to uncover key information from patients’ medical records in order to help improve the quality and efficiency of care.