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We undertook a survey of clinical pathways across the 25 European Union countries, Australia. Fifty-one questionnaires were completed by largely self-selected experts from 17 countries. Respondents reported that pathways were important and were becoming increasingly widely used (although the rate of progress was highly variable). One important constraint(More)
There are many complicated and seemingly intractable problems in the health care sector. Past ways to address them have involved political responses, economic restructuring, biomedical and scientific studies, and managerialist or business-oriented tools. Few methods have enabled us to develop a systematic response to problems. Our version of soft systems(More)
  • Don Hindle
  • Australian health review : a publication of the…
  • 2000
China has been very successful in achieving good health at a low cost, mostly through national programs for health promotion and illness prevention. However, increased prosperity in recent years has led to higher expectations for therapeutic care, and the change to a socialist market economy has created new risks and opportunities for both financing and(More)
We present an overview of a spoken document retrieval system developed at AT&T Labs-Research for the HUB4 Broadcast News corpus. This overview includes a description of the intonational phrase boundary detection, classification, speech recognition, information retrieval and user interface components of the system, along with updated system assessments based(More)
Under the Soviet central planning model that operated until 1990, the Mongolian population had little or no involvement in decision-making about health care. As part of overall health sector reform in Mongolia, hospital boards have been established, with significant community representation, to guide strategic and financial management and to assist in(More)
  • Don Hindle
  • Australian health review : a publication of the…
  • 2003
Slovenia is embarking on an ambitious health sector reform program, a small part of which involves implementing the categorization of acute inpatients by DRG for payment purposes. I summarise the leading DRG variants, and describe the process of selecting one of them. I argue that the Slovenian decision to use the Australian DRG variant as a starting point(More)
Information retrieval from audio data is sharply different from information retrieval from text, not simply because speech recognition errors affect retrieval effectiveness, but more fundamentally because of the linear nature of speech, and of the differences in human capabilities for processing speech versus text. We describe SCAN, a prototype speech(More)