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February 2018, Vol. 6 No. 1

Cognitive computing in healthcare mends doctor-patient gaps

I'm a fan of cognitive computing. My affection for analytics, artificial intelligence and big data is perpetually on display. But cognitive computing -- the mashup of the way the human brain and computers work, plus large dollops of analytics and AI -- is swiftly building a bridge between humans and machines. My enthusiasm is largely attached to cognitive computing in healthcare in my own field -- healthcare analytics -- where the sheer pace of new knowledge has made analytics and AI-driven methodologies not only a novelty, but also a mission-critical necessity. Specialization hurts patient relationships I like to keep up with how cognitive computing is doing in the marketplace and came across a TedMedLive Talk by Basit Chaudhry, an MD specializing in the design of clinical service delivery systems for chronic disease care. His talk is a little dated, 2013, but what he had to say then applies very much to the state of today's healthcare industry. "It's not possible [anymore] to try to keep up with everything that's going on, ......

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