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PATIENT COMMUNICATION WITH USER INTERFACE AND VOICE SYNTHESIS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000190532D
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-03
Document File: 8 page(s) / 59K

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Abstract

The present disclosure relates generally to a communication system. More specifically, but not exclusively, one illustrative embodiment of the disclosure relates to a patient communication system which can generate an audio response based on the input given by the patient. Alan S. Einhorn, Esq. 2806 Salem Drive Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 aselaw@comcast.net 609-841-0266

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PATIENT COMMUNICATION WITH USER INTERFACE AND VOICE SYNTHESIS

    The present disclosure relates generally to a communication system. More specifically, but not exclusively, one illustrative embodiment of the disclosure relates to a patient communication system which can generate an audio response based on the input given by the patient.

    In a hospital room, it can be important for hospital staff to keep a two way communication with a patient. There are certain cases where nurses and doctors can face difficulty understanding the patient for many reasons including, but not limited to, for example different languages, thick accents, and speech impediments. While some communication systems have been developed, there is still room for improvement. Thus, a need persists for further contributions in this area of technology.

    The disclosure provides a communication system which can be used by the patient to communicate with the hospital staff and vice versa. The system can include a synthesis module which can generate an audio/text output by using an output module. The output module can include a display of text or an audio alarm. It can be appreciated that the audio output can also be audio representative of a human voice. The audio output can be based on an input instruction given by the patient through a user interface. The user interface can include various buttons labeled with certain keywords that can be used frequently between patients and caregivers. For example, in one illustrative embodiment the input buttons on the user interface can include buttons labeled as 'Yes', 'No', 'Water', 'Food', "Bathroom", "Assistance", "Medication", etc. A patient can press the corresponding button on the user interface to communicate with the caregiver. For example, the patient can answer by pressing 'Yes' or 'No' buttons when asked a question by the caregiver. It should also be appreciated that the user interface can also be configured to interpret the buttons differently. For example, pressing a button continuously by a patient can be interpreted as an emergency requirement and an audio/visual alarm can be activated and/or a signal is sent to a nurse-call system.

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    Further, the response of the patient through the user interface can be interpreted by the voice synthesis module. The voice synthesis module can be configured to generate a voice signal, through a speaker, corresponding to the button pressed by the user. Furthermore, the voice signal can be interpreted by the speaker to generate a synthesized voice. The synthesized voice can enable a caregiver to communicate with a patient when the caregiver is having a hard time understanding the patient.

    In one illustrative embodiment of the invention, the user interface can be used with an overlay that can cover the user interface. The overlay can be labeled with a set of words that can correspond to particular buttons. For ex...