Tapping Into IBM’s Watson to Assist in Tele-Medical Services
IBM’s machine learning/Artificial Intelligence poster child, Watson, has been used for a vast array of needs across numerous different industries. Telemedicine provider Teladoc has began to utilize Watson for its own remote consultation platform. Teladoc has provided specialist consultations through a remote avenue since 2002, but seems to be ramping up its business offerings as of 2015 when it officially went public.
Teladoc utilizes Watson in a way which truly encapsulates the benefit of artificial intelligence and its advantage over the human brain. By utilizing its available directory of medical literature, Watson can use its data to provide suggestions to a multitude of oncology professionals who may be looking for a second opinion or confirmation on diagnosis/treatment. With over 1 million people having access to this technology through Teladoc, we are likely to see some incredible outcomes over the next decade or so as Watson continues to learn and study Oncology and other medical areas. It is estimated that the average doctor would need to read 29 hours a day to remain up to date with medical discoveries and literature, showcasing the true need for a technology like Watson in the medical field. The combination of man and machine exhibits the actual power of a combined front of expertise and technological cognition, creating a platform that only opens infinite opportunities for the healthcare industry and for artificial intelligence moving forward.