Earlier this year, a supercomputer named Watson gained noticewhen he competed against “Jeopardy!” superstars Ken Jennings andBrad Rutter—and won. Now, Watson's smarts have landed him a job inhealth care.

Wellpoint, one of the country's largest plan providers witharound 34 million subscribers, announced it's tapping IBM's Watsontechnology to improve patient care. Watson, named after IBM founderThomas Watson, is a computing system built by a team of IBMscientists that rivals a human's ability to answer questions posedin natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence.

And the Wellpoint job won't be such an elementary gig for dearWatson—he'll be used to help diagnose and treat patients.

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