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IBM’s Watson is now studying PTSD in veterans

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working with IBM to analyze hundreds of thousands of VA hospital medical records using the Watson cognitive computing system. Improving the¬†diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is among the areas on which the partnership will focus. More broadly, though, the VA system might be the ideal place to explore what Watson and other artificial intelligence technologies can do. They have the potential to improve patient care without blowing up tight budgets, by¬†improving speed and efficiency rather than increasing staff count.

3 Responses to “IBM’s Watson is now studying PTSD in veterans”

  1. Theo de Vries

    This indeed is interesting. We also made (available in English) a tool for diagnosing PTSS, on the basis of free text (15-20 lines). ca 90 % is correctly diagnosed. It makes early treatment possible.

    It goes like this: a client writes a ego document; this is analysed by the tool we developed. In principle it can be done on line or at a GP office. The research needed was done on a data base of English texts, a Dutch version now is in progress. The tool is in its proto type phase, the wider introduction will start this year.

    Theo de Vries

    Prof. dr ir Theo de Vries
    Twente University The Netherlands
    Vakgroep onderzoeksmethodologie, meetmethoden en data-analyse

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