Application Translates Doctor-Speak

Application Translates Doctor-Speak


Spanish Computer Scientists have built a program designed to decipher doctor's jargon.

Whilst hackers and text addicts may think that speaking almost purely in abbreviations is something new, the medical professionals have been doing it for decades. Acronyms such as "AMF" have been appearing on Medical Charts for sometime now. (The rough translation being a not-so-polite Adios, My Friend.)

Now, the Thera company of Parque Científic, Barcelona, associated with the University of Barcelona, has developed a computer science application that interprets and automatically codifies the natural language written by doctors and other health professionals when they write reports.

Whilst records are being kept of these 'interesting diagnoses', some of the rapid acronym/scientific word analysis, like "pppppt", (This patient is only just alive) can prove useful to write in the heat of emergency, in a similar way that FPS acronyms developed.

The system is already in use in Barcelona, where it has a 95% chance of catching and deciphering acronyms used. It can also deal with multiple diagnoses, multiple languages and even correct typos.

"The objective when creating this system was to develop a tool that, besides improving the task of codification and information management, would also facilitate feedback to the medical team," Enric Castelló, director of Thera, explained.

There is little chance of it being taken away from the clinical world of notes though, as the sheer speed of delivery and mutation of language would be too much, so maybe the leet are safe...for now.


Those are some pretty insensitive abbreviations. Got anymore? That's what drew me to this story. Not only are docs forerunners in AOL-speak, but they also managed to be forerunners to such abbreviations as STFU.

I've got a medical dictionary full of them.

GPO = Good for Parts Only.
GGF = Grandpa's got a fever (again)
UBI - Unexplained Beer Injury.
SHPOS - SubHuman Piece of 'skin'

Seeing the author I thought this was for Doctor Who.

A pretty neat gadget. I kind of want one now.

YOYOMF: You're on your own mother fucker

PRATFO: Patient Reassured and told to fuck off

This is bad news. The ability to use insensitive acronyms such as these was one of the things I was looking most forward to for when I do become a doctor.


Fire Daemon:
Seeing the author I thought this was for Doctor Who.

I'm not totally Doctor Who obsessed.



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