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Watson Hopes to Speed Clinical Trial Research for Mayo Clinic

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Sean Hogan of IBM recently wrote in Forbes, “Clinical trial recruitment is a data-intensive task that typically requires clinicians and researchers to manually cross reference patient data with criteria for thousands of available clinical trials.”

WatsonSean Hogan of IBM recently wrote in Forbes, “Clinical trial recruitment is a data-intensive task that typically requires clinicians and researchers to manually cross reference patient data with criteria for thousands of available clinical trials. Now, Mayo Clinic and IBM have plans to tackle this data-driven challenge with IBM Watson to quickly and accurately match patients with appropriate clinical trials. Using natural language processing and powerful data analytics capabilities, Watson will help Mayo clinicians quickly sift through millions of pages of clinical trial and patient data and complete this cumbersome process in seconds. The new Watson solution will help ensure that all eligible patients are considered for clinical trials and could help accelerate medical research.”

Hogan continues, “At any given time, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is conducting over 8,000 human studies in addition to the 170,000 that are ongoing worldwide. However, many clinical trials are not completed due to lack of sufficient enrollment. Watson will help clinicians extend the opportunity to be considered for a clinical trial to every eligible patient, particularly for patients with rare or life-threatening illnesses, for whom a clinical trial may provide new hope after standard treatment has failed. This partnership with Mayo Clinic is another important step in how Watson is contributing to medical research and improving care options for patients.”

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