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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.

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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