A supercomputer to enroll patients

The Mayo Clinic must be really desparate. Otherwise the news about a partnerships of her and the IBM and its Watson supercomputer is not understandable. Forbes reports about this new cooperation. Or the article is a mess: At the origin is the search for an effective search for patients. That the doctor needs an hour to read the study protocol is very optimistic. Normally it is presented at a meeting which takes one or two days. Then there is the issue of informed consent which should be individualized and performed not by medical staff but by a doctor involved and listed in the study. That alone should take more than 30 min, otherwise it is not thoroughfull and complete. You see that streamlining the selection process will not save very much time for the doctor.  Not in the way the Mayo clinic hopes.


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