To say that computers are smart is a true understatement, especially where Watson is concerned. If you’re a trivia junkie, you more than likely have watched Jeopardy and if you’re a real fan you probably tuned in to watch the game where a robot competed against two human contestants. The computer contestant, named Watson, an IBM-designed computer, was made to have near artificial intelligence. During the show Watson was able to comprehend and answer plain language and the computer was so smart that it beat the other two contestants. Since computers nowadays can be made to understand common English language, scientists and medical professionals alike all see, at some point, Watson-like computers assisting in the medical field.
In the future, a Watson-like computer could be used to diagnose sleep apnea and other types of sleep disorders. Computer-based brain technologies could be used by dentists and physicians to determine if the symptoms that a patient is experiencing match up with the symptoms of sleep apnea. The computer could also be used to read and digest sleep study results.
Though computers are getting smarter every year, they will never be able to replace a dentist or doctor completely. Instead they can be used and consulted to better understand symptoms and to provide for additional understanding and clarification. Today many Watson-like computers are being prepped and readied for medical use, many of them are currently being fed a diet of books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, medical journals, and other types of media.
Though Watson, as of now, cannot be used to diagnose you with sleep apnea, with the help of a sleep physician, you can know for sure whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea. We can help patients who are seeking sleep apnea treatment such as oral appliance therapy. Contact us today to learn more.