Using Real-time Speech Translation for Medication Therapy Management of Spanish S

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44DK089900-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44DK089900
Amount: $1,286,847.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: NIDDK
Solitcitation Number: PA11-096
Small Business Information
FLUENTIAL, LLC
1153 BORDEAUX DR, SUNNYVALE, CA, -
Duns: 120861104
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 FARZAD EHSANI
 (408) 747-1010
 farzad@fluential.com
Business Contact
 FARXAD EHSANI
Phone: (408) 747-1010
Email: farzad@fluential.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this SBIR study is to develop and evaluate a real-time speech translation system to facilitate Medication Therapy Management (MTM) of patients with diabetes who primarily speak Spanish. We plan to accomplish this by (1) Collecting 1000 MTM practitioner-patient interactions as development data in two Community Health Clinics that provide MTM for diabetes, (2) using the data, research approaches to handling large domains and long utterances, and build the system for the domain, and (3) test and evaluate the resulting system on 100 practitioner-patient interactions from the same clinics. The specific aims in this SBIR research proposal are to: 1) Handle large domain with high accuracy. In Phase I, we showed that we can build very accurate systems (98 %+) for small domains. In Phase II we will investigate whether that high level of accuracy can be achieved for a large domain that covers the full range of MTM interactions. 2) Handle very long utterances. In phase I we showed success with utterances that contained 2 concepts (10-15 words). In Phase II our goal is to extend that capability to handle a sequence of at least 5 concepts. 3) Patient education support. We observed in Phase I that pharmacists spend considerable time going over basic concepts or ideas in the domain (use of insulin, balanced meal, exercising, etc.). The translation system will be extended to support the patient education component of the MTM approach. This project addresses the growing problem of diabetes management among Hispanics with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The development and testing of the proposed translation system will achieve: deployment of a lower-cost translation alternative for community clinics; opening of communityclinic doors to non-Spanish- speaking English language health professional volunteers to participate in diabetes patient care; enhancement of the Teach-back component of the practitioner visit by ensuring comprehension of MTM recommendations during the visit; and demonstrate the viability of large scale clinical speech translation systems creatin the possibility of systems for many additional domains. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: In this proposal, Fluential, Inc. and UCSF propose to develop and evaluate a comprehensive real-time speech translation system to facilitate Medication Therapy Management (MTM) of Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients with diabetes patients who primarily speak Spanish.

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