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Building a Speech Interface to a Medical Diagnostic System
February 1991 (vol. 6 no. 1)
pp. 41-50

A description is given of the design of an interface for QMR-DT, an evolving decision-theoretic version of Quick Medical Reference, which performs diagnostic reasoning about diseases in internal medicine. QMR-DT encompasses the part of QMR's functionality that provides differential diagnoses for a set of patient characteristics, but it uses a different algorithm to compute diagnoses. The work described includes two programs that integrate off-the-shelf speech technology with programs that manipulate medical terminology. The term identifier program uses an isolated-word, speaker-dependent speech product to provide an interface for entering medical findings into QMR-DT. Frame browser is an auxiliary program used by the developers of term identifier to examine frame structures. Frame browser was also used to experiment with a continuous-speech system.

Citation:
Smadar Shiffman, Alice W. Wu, Alex D. Poon, Christopher D. Lane, Blackford Middleton, Randolph A. Miller, Fred E. Masarie, Jr., Gregory F. Cooper, Edward H. Shortliffe, Lawrence M. Fagan, "Building a Speech Interface to a Medical Diagnostic System," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 41-50, Feb. 1991, doi:10.1109/64.73816
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