Dec. 06, 2012
Posted at December 6, 2012 3:28 am by E. Michael D. (Mike) Scott

4 Responses to Can IBM Watson Replace Dr. Dhaliwal? Probably Not!

  1. You mention “the potential of ‘Watson-like’ systems to assist doctors in accelerating the accurate diagnosis of rare and unusual medical disorders.” You also say that such a “‘Watson-like’ computer system will make it easier for the less skilled diagnostician to make the right diagnosis sooner” and more accurately.
    These are euphemisms for reducing the economic and emotional costs of “delay-in-diagnosis” which is a problem vulnerable to computer-assisted analysis.

  2. Jason Maude says:

    I am the founder of the Isabel system that Dr Dhaliwal uses as a 2nd check.
    Too much time is spent worrying whether computers will replace doctors and not enough trying to get doctors to use the computer systems that have been shown to work like Isabel. Computers will never replace doctors and we never designed Isabel with that in mind. We know that humans are good at designing tools that make them much better at what they were doing before. Doctors will be even better diagnosticians if they use Isabel.
    This is particularly so with rare diseases where early recognition is that much harder. Isabel covers 6,000 diseases, many more than any doctor can hold in their memory and recall appropriately during a 15 minute consultation.

    Your readers will be interested to know that we have recently released a free, patient version of Isabel which can be accessed at
    This is a very powerful symptom checker which will enable them to get involved in the research of their diagnosis and work on a collaborative differential diagnosis.

  3. Hi Mr. Maude. Thanks for the link to the patient-oriented symptom checker. This may indeed be very helpful for some patients.

  4. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

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