IBM's Watson has introduced cognitive computing to the world, not only winning the game of Jeopardy but also allowing doctors to make sense of the tsunami of data that is generated in the medical field.
Up until now, doctors have been able to access Watson from traditional desktop computers. But they will now be able to do so from their smartphones. Thanx to a pilot project out of IBM Research that has leveraged IBM's innovative Worklight mobile technology together with Watson.
Ton Ngo, Simon Leung and Winnie Tsang write on IBM developerWorks: Prototype mobile applications built with IBM Worklight for IBM Watson How an IBM team extended a healthcare user interface for IBM Watson from desktop to mobile
The IBM Watson solutions team developed a sophisticated browser-based application that not only presents IBM Watson query results to oncologists but also facilitates their patient-consultation workflow. The IBM High Performance On Demand Global Solutions (HiPODS) Enterprise Mobile team has now extended this solution with full mobile support. Using IBM® Worklight® as the supporting infrastructure, the team created a prototype for a sophisticated mobile app to complement the browser-based application.
The mobile application prototype runs on a tablet so that the doctor can refer to the patient EMR and query IBM Watson while seeing the patient. For consistency, the views of the mobile application are similar in content, look, and feel to those in the browser-based application. But the doctor can also interact with the mobile application with gestures such as swiping or pinching. In addition, the mobile app supports the tablet's audio and camera features. The doctor can add to the EMR by dictating directly into the tablet or using the tablet's camera to take photos of the patient
This is a really important article for anyone interested in how mobile technology can be used in advanced medicine.
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