Watson to the Rescue

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
On October 18, 2013, Mike Miliard, Managing Editor at Healthcare IT News, reported that Watson, the infamous IBM computing system, will be used at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to assist clinicians in identifying the best treatment for patients treated there. The ultimate goal is to develop the M.D. Anderson Oncology Expert Advisor, which will recommend the most effective, evidenced-based care and/or clinical trial enrollment, and also assist in recognizing adverse events associated with the recommended treatment.

The M. D. Anderson Oncology Expert Advisor is expected to be accessible to the cancer center's network of clinicians through a computer interface and supported mobile devices. Watson is also expected to play a key role within APOLLO, an "adaptive learning environment" that also is being developed by M.D. Anderson. APOLLO supports continuous learning between clinical care and research by collecting and standardizing data, such as clinical information, laboratory and imaging results, treatment outcomes, etc. Once aggregated, the complex data will be linked and made available for analyses to identify strategies for improving care and outcomes.

Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, RN, MN, APRN-BC, OCN, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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