[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] Indexes: Main | Date | Thread | Author

[ba-unrev-talk] augmented medical diagnosis

http://www.boston.com/globe/magazine/2002/0714/coverstory.htm    (01)

"A computer program that provides vast amounts of information for 
diagnosing and treating patients could revolutionize the practice of 
medicine. So why won't physicians use it? "    (02)

For me, seeing an article on Dr. Lawrence Weed is of great 
interest.  That's because, in 1985, I formed a partnership with Dr. John 
Rose and we build a medical expert system (first built on an Apple II in 
Forth, later migrated to IBM PC in Forth and to Mac, under StaxPert written 
by our new partner Dan Wood (StaxPert being an inference engine for 
HyperCard).  While doing our "competitive benchmarking", we discovered Dr. 
Weed's PKC -- Problem Knowledge Coupler.    (03)

Our product was first named "First Opinion" and later recast to a more 
generalized "DOC" Decisions On Computers.    (04)

Here's more from the page about Weed's PKC:    (05)

"Cross has a trick, an unusual tool he sometimes pulls out of his virtual 
black bag. The tool is not a stethoscope, which amplifies his ability to 
hear a heartbeat, or an MRI, which makes up for his inability to see 
through flesh. Instead, it is a piece of computer software that makes up 
for the limits of the human brain. The software, called the Problem 
Knowledge Coupler (PKC), was conceived by an old Vermont friend of his, Dr. 
Lawrence L. Weed. Instead of listing the symptoms of a disease and asking a 
doctor to choose the closest fit, as some medical Web sites do, Weed's 
program asks a doctor to first answer a long list of questions about the 
patient's troubles. Then, up comes the most likely diagnoses and ways to 
test them out. The program helps doctors match (or "couple") the patterns 
of a patient's problems with the relevant knowledge that exists, perhaps 
buried deep in a textbook or journal article, to recognize and treat those 
problems."    (06)

Now, is that an augmentation system, or what?    (07)

Jack    (08)