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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Software Developers Work With PP12, Create Medical Translation Technology
Release Date: 8/5/2012 9:16:00 PM  
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West
SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and Mobile Technologies teamed up with Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12) Aug. 2, to develop medical translation software for use during the event of a natural disaster.

Researchers from PACOM and Mobile Technologies are collecting realistic data by recording dialogue between English speaking physicians, Khmer speaking translators and patients.

"The important thing is that we get realistic, relevant dialogue," said Scott Hourin, a U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Experimentation Center representative. "We have done this in the past where we created medical scenarios and it works to a certain extent, but coming out here and collecting real dialogue and the local speech is important."

The software, called Jibbigo, is expected to allow for quick translation in the event of a disaster in the area. Jibbigo will give a disaster response team the flexibility to use human translators in more important areas. 

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