Watson will see you now: a supercomputer to help clinicians make informed treatment decisions

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2015 Feb;19(1):31-2. doi: 10.1188/15.CJON.31-32.


IBM has collaborated with several cancer care providers to develop and train the IBM supercomputer Watson to help clinicians make informed treatment decisions. When a patient is seen in clinic, the oncologist can input all of the clinical information into the computer system. Watson will then review all of the data and recommend treatment options based on the latest evidence and guidelines. Once the oncologist makes the treatment decision, this information can be sent directly to the insurance company for approval. Watson has the ability to standardize care and accelerate the approval process, a benefit to the healthcare provider and the patient.

Keywords: cancer care.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Decision-Making*
  • Computers, Mainframe*
  • Decision Making, Computer-Assisted*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations