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John Carroll University has joined the IBM Watson Academic Initiative, enabling students to use a cognitive technology that’s revolutionizing decision-making techniques and sharing expertise in healthcare, law, and other important fields. Watson processes information more like a human than a computer. Watson’s technology gained international attention in 2011 by winning against human competitors in a special challenge on the quiz show "Jeopardy." Through the partnership, JCU students will program Watson as part of “Radical Platforms,” a new course taught by Professor of Computer Science Daniel Palmer, Ph.D. Students in the course will explore and program a customized Watson for healthcare applications, including diagnosis support and physician training. John Carroll also recently launched a new major in healthcare information technology. Last summer at John Carroll University’s Health Information Technology Camp, high school juniors experienced innovations and opportunities in the fast growing healthcare IT field. The camp included a presentation on the Watson project by guest speakers from IBM and the Cleveland Clinic. This summer’s Health Information Technology Camp will include two, one-week programs: Building Mobile Apps in Healthcare IT (July 13-17, 2015) and IBM Watson Technology in Healthcare IT (July 20-24, 2015).