Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

_q1a1058_smaller_wide-6a627f27d10663996f57d2e6767d2ba85f2c6078-s800-c85A computer may soon be able to offer highly personalized treatment suggestions for cancer patients based on the specifics of their cases and the full sweep of the most relevant scientific research.

IBM and the New York Genome Center, a consortium of medical research institutions in New York City, are collaborating on a project to speed up cancer diagnoses and treatment.

The work, which got underway in 2013, is exploring the use of computers to help analyze a wide range of genetic information and the scientific literature with the goal of quickly formulating precise treatment plans for cancer patients.

By Mark H. Kim | NPR

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