Friday, June 25, 2010

Contemporary Speech Analysis and Systems - A Palimpsest

Computers are making strides in recognizing speech, as reported in earlier posts to this blog. Beyond that, a host of companies — AT&T, Microsoft, Google and startups — are investing in services that hint at the concept of machines that can act on spoken commands. They go well beyond voice-enabled Internet search.

Click here for a comprehensive review article on all this. My links Spoken Language Systems and Audio, Speech, and Language at the top of the right-hand column are very good sources for up-to-date information on these subjects.

Finally, to see a contemporary system at work, click here for Medical Bayesian Kiosk, a voice-based system designed to ask patients about their symptoms and to respond with empathy. (Microsoft Research)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Promise of Information Technology in Electronic Health Records

This blog is written by and largely viewed by IT professionals, 5,217 visits from 106 countries according to Google Analytics at last count. While the [technical] subject matter herein applies to many fields, its application to electronic heath records (EHR) has been a large part of my focus.

So, to add balance to this blog, I've provided below several links to material written by medical professionals within the healthcare industry who are concerned with these same subjects.

The Promise of Information Technology in Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Information Technology Tools to Support Best Practices in Health Care

Microsoft HealthVault Platform

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and The Prospect of Real-Time Evidence Development

Executive Summary

Evidence-Based Medicine and the Changing Nature of Healthcare