The Indianapolis-based insurer has been applying IBM’s Watson technology to address issues that prevent providers from implementing. WellPoint plans to use IBM’s Watson technology to speed up health care diagnosis, claims processing and ultimately disrupt the market. Patients of the WellPoint health insurance companies may soon get their diagnostic and treatment advice from Watson, the IBM computer system. Watson .

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Watsonis a computing system built by a team of IBM scientists who set out to accomplish a grand challenge — build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.

Earlier this year, Watson competed and won against two of the most celebrated players ever to appear on Jeopardy!. This historic match is being rebroadcast over three days, beginning today. Watson’s ability to analyze the meaning and context of human language, and quickly process vast amounts of information to suggest options targeted to a patient’s circumstances, can assist decision makers, such as physicians and nurses, in identifying the most likely diagnosis and treatment options for their patients.

How WellPoint plans to use IBM’s Watson | ZDNet

In recent years, few areas have advanced as rapidly as health care. For physicians, incorporating hundreds of thousands of articles into practice and applying them to patient care is a significant challenge. Watson can sift through an equivalent of about 1 million books or roughly million pages of data, and analyze this information and provide precise responses in less than three seconds. Using this extraordinary capability WellPoint is expected to enable Watson to allow physicians to easily coordinate medical data programmed into Watson with specified patient factors, to help identify the most likely diagnosis and treatment options in complex cases.

Watson im expected to serve as a powerful tool in the physician’s decision making process.

Medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, chronic heart or kidney disease are incredibly intricate. New solutions incorporating Watson are being developed to have the ability to look at massive amounts of medical literature, population health data, and even a patient’s health record, in compliance with applicable privacy and security laws, to answer profoundly complex questions.


For example, we envision that new applications will allow physicians to use Watson to consult patient medical histories, recent test results, recommended treatment protocols and the latest research findings loaded into Watson to discuss the best and most effective courses of treatment with their patients. wellpooint

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Imagine having the ability to take in all the information around a patient’s medical care — symptoms, findings, patient interviews and diagnostic studies. Then, imagine using Watson analytic capabilities to consider all of the prior cases, the state-of-the-art clinical knowledge in the medical literature and clinical best practices to help a physician advance a diagnosis and guide a course of treatment,” said Sam NussbaumM.

Watson may help physicians identify treatment options that balance the interactions of various watxon and narrow among a large group of treatment choices, enabling physicians to quickly select the more effective watsoh plans for their patients.

It is also expected to streamline communication between a patient’s physician and their health plan, helping to improve efficiency in clinical review of complex cases.

It could even be used to direct patients to the physician in their area with the best success in treating a particular illness. Depending on the progress of the development efforts, WellPoint anticipates employing Watson technology in earlyworking with select physician groups in clinical pilots.

WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value.

How WellPoint plans to use IBM’s Watson

We help to improve the health of our members and our communities, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation’s largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership, with 34 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 70 million individuals served through its subsidiaries. WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare.


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