IBM and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a prototype technology based on the Watson supercomputer that works to help oncologists learn about patients by using research databases.
The Oncology Expert Advisor works to use Watson’s cognitive computing techniques to make sense of big data while aiming to draw inferences and theories, IBM said Friday.
MD Anderson intends for clinicians to access the tool via a computer interface, tablet or smartphone.
“By helping researchers and physicians understand the meaning behind each other’s data, we can empower researchers with evidence to advance novel discoveries while helping enable physicians to make the best treatment choices or place patients in the right clinical trials,” said Manoj Saxena, general manager for IBM Watson Solutions.
The center will first use the platform for its research and patient data warehouse on leukemia with the goal of developing and fine-tuning standards of care and treatment plans.
According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, almost one in three cancer deaths in the zero-to-15 year age group are caused by leukemia.