Sutter Health Joins IBM Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative
Sutter Health has joined the IBM Watson Health medical imaging collaborative to find ways to use the power of the Watson supercomputer to identify and predict the risk of cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the eye, brain and heart for patients.
The collaborative is designed to provide IBM Watson a real-world experience and share real-world findings because hospitals and health systems may employ different imaging machines, operational approaches or medical protocols.
Watson is a cloud-based system that analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions in everyday language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining knowledge over time, from previous interactions.
“The medical imaging collaborative is vital to Watson’s ongoing training and the development of cognitive imaging solutions to address the world’s pressing health challenges,” said Anne Le Grand, vice president of Imaging for Watson Health.
The first application is cardiovascular disease, starting with a common condition called aortic stenosis (AS). AS, which affects 1.5 million Americans, occurs when the aortic valve in the heart is narrowed, impeding blood flow to the rest of the body and causing shortness of breath, tiredness and chest pain. A pilot study found that Watson Clinical Imaging Review was able to help identify potential AS patients who had not been previously flagged for follow-up cardiovascular care.
Using Watson Imaging Clinical Review, hospitals and health systems may identify cases where follow-up care is warranted and assure electronic medical records are complete. Watson uses cognitive text analytics to read structured and unstructured information in a cardiologist’s medical report, combines that with data from other sources and extracts relevant information to verify that key data, including diagnosis, is accurately reflected.
IBM plans to supplement the release of this initial offering with nine additional cardiovascular conditions, such as heart attacks, valve disorders, disease of the heart muscle, and deep vein thrombosis.