Watson AI saved a Japanese woman's life by correctly identifying her disease after treatment failed.
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Watson saved a Japanese woman's life by correctly identifying her disease after treatment failed. Her genome was analyzed and the correct diagnosis was returned in ten minutes. Apparently first ever case of a life directly being saved by an AI in Japan.
But the world of robot medicine is hardly a fantasy solely for the big screen: the super-intelligent computer IBM Watson is already a real-life healthcare assistant.
In short: it’s shaping the world of medicine as we know it, and it is undoubtedly saving lives.
This month doctors in Japan even successfully used the system to correctly diagnose a woman when their medical team was stumped.
The patient didn’t respond well to treatment she had been given for leukemia, prompting the team to turn to Watson for help.
This identified a different, incredibly rare form of leukemia after scanning 20m medical studies, and was able to suggest a different and far more effective treatment.