IBM, Nuance Parnter to Make Watson Health-Care Ready

IBM will continue its longtime collaboration with speech-recognition

software developer Nuance Communications to bring the analytics capabilities of

supercomputer Watson into the health care field. Under a research agreement

announced Feb. 17, Nuance will feed its CLU (Clinical Language Understanding)

applications into IBM’s Watson hardware.

Nuance makes the Dragon speech-recognition software.

Meanwhile, IBM will incorporate its own Deep Question Answering

(QA), Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning capabilities

into the supercomputer.

Combining the CLU language capabilities of Nuance in a supercomputer

such as Watson could lead to the next generation of EHRs (electronic

health records) and

decision-support applications, according to Dr. Eliot Siegel, director

of the

Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Laboratory (MIRTL) at the UMD

School of Medicine. "We believe that this has the potential to usher in

a new era of computer-assisted personalized medicine into health care

to improve diagnostic

accuracy, efficiency and patient safety," Siegel said in a statement.

A commercial product will be available in 18 to 24 months, IBM and Nuance report.

Columbia University Medical Center and UMD (University of Maryland)

School of Medicine will contribute medical expertise that will enable

Watson to work effectively in

health care.

For more, read the eWeek article: IBM, Nuance to Tune Watson Supercomputer for Use in Health Care.

CIO Insight Staff
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