IBM’s Watson Computer Will Help VA Doctors Treat PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to use IBM’s Watson — the Jeopardy! winning supercomputing system designed to simulate human cognition — to advise doctors on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder patients, IBM announced this week.

As part of a two-year, multi-million dollar contract, IBM plans to install Watson software at the Department’s data center in Austin, Texas. The total contract is valued at $16 million, according to IBM, though the initial set-up and assessment phase is worth about $6 million.

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