April 2, 1997

GIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network

Author Affiliations

Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, Calif


by Stephen Berger and Uri Blackman, update 96.3, three 3.5-in disks, requirements: 100% IBM-compatible, protected mode capable 80286,80386 or above PC with hard disk and floppy drive, 4MB RAM or more, 6MB free disk space, DOS 3.1 or higher, Windows 95 or OS/2 2.0 or higher, compatible MDA, MCGA, CGA, EGA, VGA monitor with adaptor, supported mice: Microsoft, Logitech, IBM PS/2 or compatible; documentation: one 47-pp user's guide; updates $350/year, complete package $995; Beverly Farms, Mass, CY Informatics, 1996 (1-800-316-8585; http://www.∼blackman/gideon/).

JAMA. 1997;277(13):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540370075048

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Anyone who has never used a good artificial intelligence program would do well to start at the top with GIDEON. Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network is a superb example of artificial intelligence applied to medicine. Given modern air transportation, the most ordinary of patients now can be recently returned from the most extraordinary of places, exposed to infectious diseases one has not even heard of, much less is knowledgeable about. What infectious diseases are relevant to a fly fisherman returning febrile from the Chilean Andes or to a Coca Cola salesman returning with a nonhealing skin ulcer from Siberia? Problems once in the domain only of university specialists now are seen in the offices of medical practitioners throughout the country.

GIDEON is designed to diagnose all the world's infectious diseases (over 300) from over 200 countries, based on the symptoms, signs, and laboratory findings that you enter for your