Sunday, March 22, 2009

IBM/ILOG in Health Care - NY Times


Well, it had to happen. The Doctor Will B.R.M.S. you now is an article that appeared in the NY Times. It does give a good shot-in-the-arm to the industry as a whole and ILOG in particular.  There's also an article on Google in the health industry that is interesting reading.  I only hope that someone there actually read the MYCIN book before starting out on this project.  What's new is old and what's old is new.

MYCIN was done in the late 70's and early 80's by the uber-geeks at Stanford in CA and CMU in PA.  And it did a good job.  Back then nobody trusted computers so they didn't use it in diagnosis even though it did a better job than did the doctors.  Today, maybe it will have a better chance.  


1 comment:

Jean Pommier said...


Thanks for noticing and making the connection. It surely takes a lot of persistence to get these concepts adopted by the industry in general and the life sciences in particular. How many AI companies have been able to survive twenty years in this area? ILOG was one, and IBM will provide us with means to continue this mission. For a Smarter Planet, starting with a Smarter Health care system!