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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Text-to-Speech Systems to Dental Records

New York, Mar 25, 2014

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Text-to-Speech Systems
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking is one of many individuals who communicate with help from speech synthesis. Speech synthesis can be produced through phonetic transcriptions or, more commonly, by converting normal language text into speech, referred to as text-to-speech (TTS).

A recently published standard from ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) specifies an experimental method for evaluating the intelligibility of synthetic speech in English generated by TTS systems. ANSI/ASA S3.50-2013, Evaluation of the Intelligibility of Text to Speech Synthesis Systems, is intended for use by developers of applications incorporating TTS technology such as e-mail and SMS readers, talking kiosks, e-learning systems, navigation systems, automated messaging services, screen readers for people who are blind, and assistive devices for people who have difficulty speaking. This new American National Standard (ANS) provides a measure of human listeners’ recovery of words that correspond to the intended phonemic content of speech created by the system and specifies methods for designing, controlling, and reporting the test conditions, among other specifications.

ASA is a membership society dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications, as well as fostering studies of noise, its measurement, its effects, and ways of reducing noise to improve the human environment. ASA serves acoustics professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad in a variety of fields related to sound including physics, engineering, robotics, oceanography, architecture, music, noise control, and many others.

Dental Records
Electronic health records (EHR) rely upon the transfer of information between hospitals and medical offices, as well as between oral surgeons, orthodontists, and dental practices. Harmonized healthcare informatics standards offer consistency and quality of data, while enhancing the coordination of patient care and eliminating gaps in function and content of electronic systems.

To help the dental health community harmonize their EHR, the American Dental Association (ADA) recently published a new ANS. ANSI/ADA 1067-2013, Electronic Dental Record System Standard Functional Requirements, provides functional requirements for the dental health care domain consisting of information system support for direct and indirect dental services, supporting functions, and functions of the electronic dental system infrastructure. ANSI/ADA 1067-2013 describes end user-defined benefits such as patient safety, quality, outcomes, and cost efficiencies in terms of standard functions; promotes a common understanding of dental EHR functions upon which system developers, vendors, users, and other interested parties can plan and evaluate EHR functions; and provides a framework to drive the requirements and applications of next-level standards.

ADA, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a non-profit association of dentists committed to the public’s oral health, ethics, science, and professional advancement. ADA serves its members and the public through initiatives in advocacy, education, research, and the development of standards.

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