September 12, 2011 – Health care benefits provider WellPoint Inc. has reached an agreement with IBM to create the first commercial application of Watson, Big Blue’s information crunching supercomputer that was featured on TV quiz show “Jeopardy!”
WellPoint will develop and release a solution based on Watson’s analytics capabilities for up-to-date and evidence-based health care information, the Indiana-based company stated in a release Monday. The new solution would sift and sort millions of pages of health care data from sources such as recent findings, treatment protocols, privacy standards and patient histories to pinpoint a likely diagnosis and treatment possibilities, the release stated.
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