Watson helps babies in hospitals

John Moe Apr 13, 2011

The same kind of analytics platform IBM developed for Watson is being used to help monitor and diagnose babies in Intensive Care Units. Babies in ICUs are hooked to all kinds of machines that are taking all kinds of measurements all the time and are only being checked by nurses every so often. Lots of data gets lost. But, the neonatal ICU of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is using a system called Artemis, which uses the special analytics platform, to collect all that data. From MIT’s Technology Review: “The system can monitor the baby’s electrocardiogram, heart rate, breathing rate, blood oxygen level, temperature, and blood pressure. It can also access data from medical records, such as the baby’s birth weight. McGregor and colleagues are developing algorithms that use those signals to spot signs of hospital-borne infection before doctors and nurses do”

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