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October 12, 1994

GIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network

Author Affiliations

Southern California Permanente Medical Group San Diego

 

by Stephen Berger and Uri Blackman, three 3.5-in disks, documentation: 87-pp manual in 3-ring binder; requirements: PC with hard disk and 80286 or higher processor, 2MB free RAM (4 MB recommended), 6 MB free disk space, DOS 3.1 or higher or OS/2 2.0 or higher, compatible monitor with adaptor (MDA, MCGA, CGA, EGA, or VGA), supported mouse (Microsoft, Logitech, IBM PS/2, or compatible); optional for enhanced performance: extended and expanded memory, 80×87 math coprocessor, DPMI extended memory managers, printer; $795, including a year of updates; additional annual updates $295; stand-alone version of Microbiology module $395, annual updates $149; network pricing available; CY Informatics Ltd, 34 Keren Hayesod St, Ramat Hasharon, 47248, Israel; telephone 972-3-549-1120, fax 927-3-549-2956; 1993.

JAMA. 1994;272(14):1144-1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520140074044

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Abstract

GIDEON is an impressive program. The Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network was developed by Israeli and American infectious disease specialists to help physicians diagnose infectious disease cases in the context of their patients' having traveled in countries where exposure to unusual, unanticipated, or unheard of diseases would occur. Thus, diagnoses like capillariasis, Marburg virus disease, and dicroceliasis are considered along with malaria, gonorrhea, and shigellosis. The countries range from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

GIDEON is easy to use. Anyone familiar with the Windows format will intuitively be able to use the program without even using the manual, which itself is written in a delightfully straightforward manner. Selecting the countries traveled in, one then responds to basic questions about signs, symptoms, and laboratory values. Behind the scenes, a Bayesian analysis is progressing, and GIDEON will indicate when enough clinical information exists to establish a diagnosis. I was reminded by these prompts

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