IBM’s Watson recommending cancer treatments at MD Anderson – MedCity News

MD Anderson launched a program last year to eradicate eight different forms of cancer, with an initial focus on Leukemia.

Tech companies have a preferred term to describe their most ambitious and meaningful projects: “moonshots.”

Google chief executive Larry Page borrowed it from John F. Kennedy, who 50 years ago challenged Congress and the nation to put a man on the moon. Today, IBM executives used the term to describe how the Watson super computer is fighting cancer, and a new initiative that is a veritable moonshot.

IBM’s stab at bringing information technology to healthcare is more than just a publicity stunt. The technology giant is working closely with the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, which is one of the top cancer research facilities in the country. MD Anderson launched a program last year to eradicate eight different forms of cancer, with an initial focus on Leukemia.

“I’m exceptionally optimistic about what the future holds in the potential treatment and eradication in these forms of cancer,” said Steve Gold, IBM’s vice president of marketing for Watson Solutions, in an interview.

IBM Watson: Not just a jeopardy winner

After all the hype around Watson, a new computing system that crushed humans at Jeopardy, we mostly forgot about it. That’s because IBM’s team of engineers have been heads down, feeding Watson information, so it can understand the language of medicine and not just general knowledge.

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From Pharmaceutical Industry digital vision

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