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.
After initially mapping 8 million flood-related tweets throughout the region over the past couple years as part of a Twitter Data Grant, the University of Wollongong and a local emergency agency have developed a project called PetaJakarta that builds a real-time map of areas affected by floods, based on geo-tagged tweets directed to the project using a specific hashtag. According to a Twitter blog post announcing the project, the goal is to help emergency workers and citizens in one of the world’ most-populous areas understand how floods are moving and what areas have been hit the hardest.