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IBM’s Watson aims to make hospital stays suck a whole lot less

It’s not the same as a visit from a clown or a star athlete, but the work of a supercomputer could help make kids’ stays in the hospital less dreary and frightful.

IBM on Wednesday announced a three-year partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the UK that will see its Watson supercomputer harnessed to analyze and improve every aspect of patient care.

Watson became one of the world’s most famous artificial intelligence systems after winning the game show “Jeopardy” five year ago and for designing Karolina Kurkova’s dress for the Met Gala last week. IBM has been putting Watson’s supercomputing powers to task in health care since 2011, when it started assisting doctors in making clinical decisions. Its newest challenge will be to turn Alder Hey into a “cognitive hospital,” delivering insights about the patient experience through a new platform.