Is this a good thing?
The Wall Street Journal and Slate report that Wellpoint will capitalize on the famed Watson computer’s ability to analyze as much as 200 million pages of content in as little as three seconds to aid their own nurses as well as physicians in researching diagnoses. Oncologists are the first target group of physicians.
Some concerns are being raised, though. Will the system be programmed to find the best — not just the most cost-effective — treatment options? And, of course, the data used to generate physician recommendations will be of critical importance.
What are your thoughts on this news? An important advance for medicine? Or a potentially problematic development that could unintentionally create more bureaucracy, and put more control in the hands of non-doctors?
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