Carla Rognoni

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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 [1], 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)
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)
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)
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a damage to the spinal cord resulting in a change, either temporary or permanent, in motor, sensory, or autonomic functions. Patients with SCI usually have permanent and often devastating neurologic deficits and disability. Trunk motor control is crucial for postural stability and propulsion after low thoracic SCI and several(More)
We recently developed UceWeb, an application for direct elicitation of utility coefficients (UCs), i.e. a measure of health states quality perceived by patients. UceWeb was used to interview a sample of patients affected by spinal cord injury (SCI). A standard questionnaire for measuring quality of life (QoL) and another one for the system evaluation were(More)
Quality of life is a complex concept, entailing the person's physical health and level of independence, as well as psychological well-being, social participation and the relationship with specific and relevant aspects of the environment. The World Health Organization encourages the integration of a comprehensive definition of health when examining(More)