Supercomputer Watson now assisting with cancer treatment
Staying in the medical field... and a breakthrough for that matter...
Remember Watson, the supercomputer that beat a human champion in the game of Jeopardy couple of years ago?
Guess what? Watson has since evolved and is now treating cancer patients right here in Korea, as well.
Oh Jung-hee reports.
Physicians specializing in different areas are discussing ways to treat a patient.
But one of the contributors isn't human.
That's Watson for Oncology, a supercomputer developed by IBM and trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Now in use at Korea's Gachon University Gil Medical Center, it analyzes a patient's medical records and identifies treatment options.
Watson's first patient in Korea is Cho Tae-hyun, a patient with colorectal cancer who underwent surgery last month.
"I was able to choose my treatment after discussing the options with the doctors here as well as with Watson."
The patient's clinical data is loaded up onto Watson, which then analyzes his or her condition based on gender, age, doctors' diagnoses... and exam results.
Then, it offers what it deems the most appropriate treatment option... after looking through data from medical journals and the world's cancer research network.
It also provides reasons for the option it chooses, citing existing knowledge about diseases and drug information... to determine those that should or should not be used.
All this happens in just a few minutes.
Doctors say they're generally satisfied with Watson's suggestions.
"I asked Watson for its opinion, and it corresponded with mine almost 100-percent. I think it's not only experts with lots of medical knowledge who can make good use of Watson... but also medical residents who're now learning."
Watson has learned about treating cancer since its medical residency started in 2012. It's still being trained, so experts see it becoming more and more accurate.