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Supercomputer Watson to Help Diagnose Patients with Rare Conditions

The IBM supercomputer Watson Health will make its debut in Germany for a pilot program at a Giessen-Marburg University clinic that diagnoses and treats rare conditions. The program is being conducted in cooperation with the Rhon-Klinikum Group. Watson Health is a cognitive computer system that draws from a data cloud containing information from over 300 million patients, thousands of clinics, and more than 1.2 million scientific papers. Watson can cross reference a patient’s profile with the digital cloud to make treatment recommendations. It’s hoped that Watson will shorten wait times for appointments at the clinic, which currently stands at half a year for some patients.

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