At the 2012 Wired Health Conference, Jason Tanz, Wired's New York editor, talks with Basit Chaudhry, medical scientist & lead research clinician for Watson, IBM.
Basit Chaudhry is a medical scientist at IBM Research and a national
leader in the effort to modernize health care through information
technology. One of the initiatives he’s involved with is the
application of IBM’s natural-language computing system, Watson—famous
for its victories on the quiz show Jeopardy!—to clinical
practice. After completing his medical training and earning a PhD in
biomedical informatics and health services research, Chaudhry joined the
Internal Medicine department at UCLA and worked as a research
scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has provided expertise to the US
Department of Health and Human Services and the Institute of Medicine
and recently served on a working group of the President’s Council of
Advisors on Science and Technology, coauthoring its 2010 policy
report, “Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology.”
As executive editor, Jason Tanz oversees the magazine’s print and tablet editions. In his six years at WIRED, he has edited stories on everything from Bezos to bank heists, hackers to high-speed rail. Tanz previously worked at Fortune and SmartMoney, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and Spin. A 2004 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow, he is the author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America.