Software of Dialogues: Physician - Computer - Patient
Direct dialogue between medical personnel and computer is becoming more frequent as a means of storing data in medical information systems. In some cases it is intended that the patient has direct contact with the computer terminal. One of the uses of computers in medicine is the automatic collection of data from the patient during the initial medical interview. Such interviews, though they cannot substitute a direct conversation with the doctor can be a valuable complement to collected data /it avoids forgetting certain important questions/. The procedure is not a burden for the doctor and does not take much time since the doctor only has to familiarize himself with the report printed out by the computer. The dialogue between patient and computer should satisfy the needs of the given medical centre. In other words, there should be the possibility of easy alteration by the doctor, or the hospital staff the questions to be asked. Up till now this has caused problems as the programing of a new version of the medical questionnaire has demanded a good deal of effort both from the computer scientists and doctors who prepare certain structured set of questions. This paper discusses the properties of the packet of basic programs which eliminate the necessity of writting new programs for every new interview or dialogue.
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