Recent advances in automatic speech recognition and related technologies allow computers to carry on conversations by telephone. We developed an intelligent dialogue system that interacts with hypertensive patients to collect data about their health status. Patients thus avoid the inconvenience of traveling for frequent face to face visits to monitor the… (More)
1. Background and setting The telephone has been used in medicine since its appearance , but only in the last years its use has been integrated with the most recent telecommunication tools. The recent mixed initiative spoken dialogue systems are a natural evolution of the technology in this domain. In the framework ofthe E.U. project "Homey"', we built… (More)
BACKGROUND Iron deficiency is very common in a number of medical conditions. Ferric carboxymaltose is a new stable iron preparation that can be administered in single infusions over short periods of time. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) regarding the efficacy and safety of the novel complex… (More)
The paper compares the effectiveness of a traditional residential and an e-learning course for nurses, and suggests ways to identify the psychological characteristics which might lead people to prefer e-learning education.
The aim of the present paper is to describe the process of developing an e-learning system for continuous medical education in the field of occupational medicine, with special focus on usability. The following steps are described: the needs analysis of the potential users; the prototype of the system that has been set up; the usability evaluation of the… (More)
This paper describes an information technology infrastructure aimed at supporting translational bioinformatics studies that require joint management of phenotypic and genotypic data. In particular, we integrated an electronic medical record with an open-source environment for data mining to create a flexible and easy to use query system aimed at supporting… (More)
There is evidence in scientific literature that blood pressure reduction in people with more than 140/90 mmHg results in a significant reduction of the patient's risk for cerebral and cardiovascular accidents. Moreover, it is recognized that partnership and good communication between patients and healthcare providers are essential to improve blood pressure… (More)
OBJECTIVE Taking into account patients' preferences has become an essential requirement in health decision-making. Even in evidence-based settings where directions are summarized into clinical practice guidelines, there might exist situations where it is important for the care provider to involve the patient in the decision. In this paper we propose a… (More)