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UR Looks at Health Care Possibilities for IBM's Watson

Jul 1, 2013
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The IBM Watson supercomputer is best known for its historic win on the television game show, Jeopardy. But, the same components that made the system a quiz show winner could be redirected towards lowering the cost of health care in upstate New York, University of Rochester officials heard Friday.

According to Steve Gold, vice president for IBM’s Watson Solutions division, the amount of available medical knowledge doubles every five years.

Research into multiple sclerosis has accelerated rapidly in the last few years - and doctors in Buffalo are at the forefront.

Information about how MS progresses in patients has long been out there, but it wasn’t being synthesized or analyzed effectively.

Now, SUNY Buffalo is using a new supercomputer from IBM that can help researchers make connections between environmental and hereditary factors and how MS affects its victims.