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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Simple Speech Synthesis

Rebecca S. KoszalinskiCollege of Nursing

An Android-based communication application, Speak for Myself™ (SFM), was designed in response to meet the need for improved bedside communication. It was tested in three South Florida hospitals in an exploratory feasibility study. Due to the small sample size, further investigation is needed to produce statistically-significant results. Moreover, SFM supported Android-based tablets with limited functions and only one voice (male). We conducted a project aimed at making improvements in SFM for future use in a randomized controlled trial. Building on the team’s experience in SFM and expertise in communication, advanced care planning and mHealth we develop a cross-platform (iOS, Android, Windows, etc.) speech synthesis tool with both male and female natural sounding voices; incorporated multi-language support; incorporate advanced care planning items including advanced directives for healthcare; and enhanced usability through responsive design with an intelligent predictive engine.

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