IBM, Watson a calculated risk worth betting on

Could the smartest "Jeopardy" contestant of all time soon go to work at a hospital near you?

You've probably heard about the thrashing that IBM's supercomputer--nicknamed "Watson" after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson--recently gave to two of the show's most heralded champions: Ken Jennings, who in 2004 won 74 consecutive games, and Brad Rutter, who holds Jeopardy's all-time record for money earned with more than $3 million. While certainly impressive, Watson's recent feat could pale in comparison to its ability to transform the delivery of healthcare. --Read the full commentary at FierceHealthIT

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