Mobile health apps tapping Watson's capabilities

Six digital health innovations are among 25 semi-finalists in an IBM competition focused on creating mobile applications that tap its Watson computing technology, MedCity News reports. One app, using avatars, aims to help diagnostic capabilities by factoring in elements such as medical history, biometrics and insurance information. Another enlists Watson's capabilities in tailoring patient recommendations when it comes to screening tests, which ultimately will reduce wasteful treatments.

A third app offers personal answers to users' questions to provide the best information when it comes to a user's specific healthcare needs.

IBM will chose five from the 25 semi-finalists to present proposals, of which three will be given three months access to Watson's API and consulting help from IBM interactive design services. Article