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November 2016 Archives

Doctors may be able to use AI to diagnose patients

The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the first medical facilities in the world to partner with IBM on a computer-aided diagnostics program. IBM's artificial intelligence technology, Watson, is being used to analyze patient data and compare that data to the medical literature in order to come up with diagnoses.

How to handle errors as a medical professional

It is not uncommon for newly-registered North Carolina nurses to take several years to become fully acclimated to their working environment. With patients taking up to 20 medications per day combined with a lack of experience, the odds are good that those new to the nursing profession will make mistakes. However, it is possible to recover from a mistake regardless of how embarrassing it may feel to make it.

Difficulties for those dealing with rare diseases

North Carolina health care professionals treat numerous conditions, but rare diseases can be particularly challenging to address. A disease is classified as rare if it affects less than one out of every 200,000 U.S. residents. Since many doctors have limited experience with rare diseases, diagnostic efforts can be difficult.

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