Monday, September 12, 2011

Let's Stipulate That I Am Paranoid

Carl Franzen at Josh Marshall's TPM:

The supercomputer doctor is in.

Watson, the sophisticated IBM Q-and-A computing system that is best-known for kicking 'Jeopardy' champion Ken Jennings' butt at the game show in February, has been assigned to help WellPoint health insurance company to treat patients beginning in 2012, IBM and WellPoint announced Monday.

Exact terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but WellPoint is paying "some up front and some over time" to use the technology, an IBM executive told The Wall Street Journal.

Improve patient care or do a better job of chiselling patients out of their benefits?