After playing Jeopardy, the Chicago Tribune reports that the AI Watson will have its first job in the hospital.
Siegel said it would likely be at least two years before Watson will be used on patients at his hospital. It will take that much time to train the program to understand electronic medical records, feed it information from medical literature, and test whether what it’s learned leads to accurate analyses of patient symptoms.
Basically the doctor lists the symptoms, and Watson will come up with possible causes. This can be very helpful to all the doctors who don’t have time to read every journal or keep up with everything going on. Very cool. It will be exciting to see who else gets to use Watson and how many years before it will come to the general public.