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Wireless Standardized Portable Electronic Records (WiSPER) utilizes powerful technologies that combine industry compliant standards, e.g. rich semantic tools and domain-expert created ontologies that integrate with existing line of business systems to automatically generate standardized records and documentation. WiSPER claims to be able to "add structure and standardized output where there is none - and then to seamlessly integrate with line of business systems."

If these claims are true, then imagine a clinician using a simply wireless communication device to record the findings from a history and physical examination that would then be stored in a coded data format that would allow sophisticated clinical decision support algorithms to act on this data.

Key questions

  1. Is there an existing clinical ontology that is robust enough (i.e., has enough synonyms) to allow the system to adequately capture what the clinician means?
  2. Is the speaker-independent technology robust enough to allow any clinician to use the system without extensive training?
  3. Do we currently have the clinical knowledge available in a suitable ontology to allow a system like this to both recognize what clinicians are saying and then to store it in the proper place for radid and efficient retrieval?

For more information see: WiSPER