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IBM's thinking supercomputer is coming to a pharmacy near you

IBM's thinking supercomputer is coming to a pharmacy near you
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Watson, the IBM supercomputer that beat the pants off of "Jeopardy" contestant Ken Jennings a few years ago, is about to go into practice at your local CVS pharmacy. And it's not just for show.

Watson is going to use its super smarts, or its cognitive abilities as IBM describes it, to help you and your doctor make better decisions. It aims to help you prevent serious health issues like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, obesity and other medical conditions. CVS's goal is to personalize (yes, with a computer) its customers' healthcare treatments.

IBM Watson Health will do that by searching a person's health information, such as prescriptions, medical records and even downloaded data from fitness trackers, like those that count how many steps you take. It'll then predict which diseases you're at risk of getting before you're sick.

Watson will then give you a healthcare plan to avoid that disease. Just think about how much money that'll save you down the road.

IBM Watson Health is part of a new, exciting trend in healthcare where companies like Apple try to keep you healthy with its HealthKit. And super computers predict health issues before they strike, like the Ebola outbreak in Africa last summer.

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