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An Architecture for a Voice-Enabled Healthcare System

Oyelami, O. M. (2008) An Architecture for a Voice-Enabled Healthcare System. In: 3rd International Conference on ICT Applications, September 21-25, 2008, OAU, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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People read books and search websites using graphical user interface (GUI) for information about self-care, prevention of diseases and treatment. In developing countries, people die of minor illnesses that could have been prevented with simple medications and healthy lifestyle. Nigeria with an estimated population of 140 million people has the ratio of doctors to population to be about 1 to 3,333, a situation which results in many untimely deaths because of lack of adequate healthcare. The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is however, steadily growing in the developing countries of the world and people are taking advantage of the benefits it brings. This paper presents an architecture for a voice-enabled healthcare system to allow access to health information about illnesses, prevention, treatment, alternative therapy, drugs, fruit therapy, results of medical researches, diagnosis and to search for specialist doctors and hospitals in a particular locality by able-bodied people, the blind, visually impaired, health professionals, people without computer skills, the illiterates, semi-literate and the highly literate through natural language. This provides a great opportunity for people in the developing nations where almost everyone has access to mobile phones even in the rural areas and where healthcare is inadequate

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Olufemi M. Oyelami
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 16:55
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 16:55

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