Looking to augment human decision making in health care, WellPoint Inc. says it will employ technology from IBM that is a commercial variant of the company's famed Watson project.

The health insurer says the same ability to answer questions posed in natural language the technology exhibited on the quiz show "Jeopardy!" will pay dividends in health care. WellPoint says Watson's ability to process vast amounts of information and analyze the meaning and context of human language can be used to assist physicians and nurses in diagnosis and identifying treatment options.

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