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Dr. Oli prepares medical students for real-life situations

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Dr. Oli has created the “GIDEON diagnostic game” where students take on different roles to diagnose a disease


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities all over the world had to accelerate their digital teaching programs. This has created a greater need for online tools that support the challenges of preparing students for life after graduation. This is especially true when teaching medical students – it is critically important future health professionals are taught practical and critical thinking techniques that are based on real-life situations.

Dr. Monika Oli has been speaking with Times Higher Education about the challenges of teaching microbiology online and how GIDEON can bring value to the virtual classroom. Dr. Oli explains that traditional teaching techniques may focus on identifying a few pathogens found in most laboratories, which can create “a completely artificial scenario which would never happen in the real world”.

How can a future medical doctor learn to differentiate between diseases with similar symptoms, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease? In a real-world scenario, you can’t “just open page 510 of the textbook and diagnose the patient…You have to think outside the box” and this is where Dr. Oli brings GIDEON in.

Dr. Oli has created the “GIDEON diagnostic game” where students take on different roles – epidemiologist, doctor, microbiologists, etc. – and use GIDEON’s Bayesian analysis-driven diagnostic tools to help create the list of likely diseases. This is followed by exploring the database to determine the best treatment plan and even speculating whether the patient would have survived or not in a given scenario!

The game proved to be very popular with students. But Dr. Oli didn’t stop there, she further encouraged future medics to analyze issues relevant today by building an exam around secondary infections of COVID-19.

“Many COVID-19 patients get secondary infections that are bacterial, so I built my whole exam around it. Students were given data and had to use GIDEON to analyze the secondary infection, how it should be treated, whether it will contribute to COVID-19 resistance, so the role play continued even during the exams.”

If you are a teacher looking for new ways to engage and challenge your students, GIDEON might be the right tool for the job. Try it free!

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Bayes in Medicine

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What is Bayesian Analysis and where did it come from?

Sometimes referred to as Bayesian Inference in Mathematics, Bayes’ is a method of statistical inference centered around population information, variables, and evidence to determine the probability of a particular event occurring. In essence, it is the mathematical calculation of how likely something is to happen based on the evidence. 

The creator of the method was Thomas Bayes –  an 18th century English statistician and Presbyterian minister. Although he did not publish his mathematical theories during his life, the publication of his work was post-humously carried out by another famous non-conformist, Richard Price. 

In his life, Thomas Bayes defended Sir Issac Newton’s calculus and explored the concept of probability with a passion, challenging the work of domestic and French contemporaries. 

If he was alive today, Bayes might not believe the impact of his work – and as a minister, he would surely frown over gambling applications using his theorem…


How does GIDEON use Bayes’?

Bayesian analysis requires data to be reliable and accurate, which is why GIDEON is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the formula and put millions of data points to use!

GIDEON applies this system to generate a list of likely Infectious Diseases based on the patient’s location, recent travel, and clinical findings. It might sound simple, but with over 200 signs and symptoms for over 360 diseases in 230+ countries and territories, the number of possibilities is vast. 

Regardless of extensive options, the GIDEON application is easy to follow, delivering instantaneous results.

Predicting outcomes in a clinical setting – or future developments of the Infectious Diseases landscape – are currently hot topics, and Bayesian Analysis, combined with a vast epidemiological data set, is ideally suited to help.

GIDEON is not alone in using this method for scientific and medical purposes, as it is also used in the Continuous Individualized Risk Index (CIRI) for identifying the risk of developing cancer over time, assessment of emergency room patients for heart attack, etc, etc.

Medicine aside, Bayes’ has many real-world applications, including computer software for machine learning, security systems, and gambling – and has even been used in a court of law by jurors assessing evidence and determining verdicts. 


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Testing the new GIDEON – what did clinicians say?

Testing new GIDEON app on different devices

It is GIDEON’s mission to provide robust support to clinicians, microbiologists, and educators that interface with the infectious diseases field. As such, consulting with our users when developing the product is paramount to ensuring GIDEON continues to meet their expectations. On 12th August GIDEON closed its last alpha testing round, dedicated to gathering feedback on the brand new ‘Diagnose’ module. Medical experts from 26 countries have explored the new interface and shared their thoughts on what works and what can be improved.


Alpha is an early release of a major product upgrade. Our first alpha testing round was focused on displaying our extensive database in a brand new ‘Explore’ module. The second one was geared towards clinicians who may use GIDEON in Point-of-Care settings to diagnose infectious diseases.


The comments were overwhelmingly positive. Here are some of them:

I just had a look and I am blown away both diagnosis modules. They are fantastic!

The product speaks for itself.

Having tried and tested each of the modules, GIDEON does a good job in making it quick and easy for a healthcare professional to access accurate and up to date information and that is the beauty and success of GIDEON.

The look and feel are great.

GIDEON remains an outstanding and easy to use, up to date resource. Commendable. Well done.

We are so grateful for all the positivity as well as constructive criticism – it will make the product better for everyone.


A full beta release is currently planned for mid-September. It’s the same GIDEON data that you know and love, but like you’ve never seen before! The beta will include our brand new Lab module, designed to assist microbiologists. Check out a sneak-peek below:

GIDEON Lab module displayed on a landscape white iPad

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First alpha testing is complete!

Male doctor and female researcher testing GIDEON app

It takes a lot of courage to share a vision with users and critics, but the GIDEON team is in no short supply of that. In our recent alpha testing round, we opened up our brand new interface to medical experts from 25 countries who have very kindly shared their feedback on our successes and shortcomings.

What is alpha?

Quite simply, it is an early release of a major product upgrade. Our first alpha testing round focused on the display of our extensive database in a brand new ‘Explore’ module.

How did we do it?

We opted for feedback gathering mechanisms that support user independence and anonymity. This is different from a focus group, which is prone to leaving some opinions unheard. 

Our Trusted Advisors were a diverse bunch, consisting of 80+ medical professionals – from seasoned experts to students. Some testers have never seen our product before and others have been using GIDEON for years. 

The experience was scary, exciting, and necessary. We cannot thank our Trusted Advisors enough for their insight and valuable time spent exploring our new interface. The feedback has empowered a fruitful fine-tuning exercise, so if you are one of our testers – be sure to check out the implementation of your suggestions in the second alpha release!


We are beside ourselves in anticipation of the release of the new interface (date to be confirmed soon) and based on the early feedback we know you are going to love it.

Here is a small sample of the comments we received:

This is a huge improvement. I very much like the general concept. The dark mode is also very nice.


Amazing work! So informative and pleasant to use.

Disease comparison is great. What a useful way to compare a differential!

I very much like the ‘fingerprint’ search concept for diseases.

The interface is easy to use.

Maps are amazing!!

Thoughtful, cohesive design.

Links to references are very useful.

What’s next?

We cannot wait to share this new experience with you all. It’s the same GIDEON data that you know and love, but like you’ve never seen before. 

If you are interested in a Bayes-powered Differential Diagnosis that uses one of the most impressive geographical medicine data sets in the world, sign up to test the all-new DIAGNOSE module. The second alpha is just around the corner!

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GIDEON API is in beta!

How do you get ‘customer’ data if you are a hospital or a research institute?

You could build a dedicated team for conducting surveys and crawling research papers, even develop your own IT system for storing and accessing this data. How often would you need to revise this data? Monthly? Quarterly? How comprehensive do you think it would be? 

If you are one of the many medical professionals pressed for time and/or money, the above may not be an easy solution to maintain, and when people’s lives are at stake there is no room for failure.

Imagine your organization had access to infectious diseases data collected from all over the globe, from thousands of patients, across hundreds of countries, updated every single day. That would be pretty amazing, right? With GIDEON it is a click away. We offer your organization access to data on hundreds of diseases, drugs, and bacteria, from across the world, dating back from as far as the 1920s – we do the legwork so you can conduct your expert analysis. 

To fully realize the benefits of our comprehensive database, we have developed the GIDEON API so you can leverage a direct feed of continuously updated information between our service and your established processes and tools. The service is now being offered to all our institutional subscribers free of charge.

With a service as broad as GIDEON, we understand that taking on an API integration can be a daunting task, even for a seasoned IT professional. To help make this invaluable feature more accessible to our customers we have written extensive guidance detailing every API call, including examples on the output you should expect. You can access the guidance through this link: API

We are confident building a deeper connection between our service and your systems will empower your analytics and reporting capabilities, bringing new insight to your existing and emerging data trends. Please take a peek at our documentation and let us know when you are ready to give it a go!

2020 is going to be an important and exciting year for GIDEON. We look forward to sharing many more announcements of enhancements and new services throughout the year.

EPUB and Amazon Kindle MOBI format supported by GIDEON eBooks

Now whenever you purchase an eBook from GIDEON, you receive 3 file formats: PDF, EPUB and MOBI to ensure maximum compatibility on all devices.

GIDEON eBooks  support the Amazon Kindle MOBI file format for opening eBooks on Kindle devices directly and EPUB for desktop and mobile devices in addition to PDF.

To transfer a MOBI file: connect your Kindle via USB to your computer and drag and drop the file to your Documents folder. Alternatively you can use Amazon’s Send-To-Kindle

EPUB and PDF eBooks can be opened directly by both desktop and mobile devices.

Example of links in email receipt:

GIDEON in Korean … and any language

Ever since GIDEON launched, one of the top questions from non-native English speakers is when will GIDEON be translated into their local language.
Thanks to the wonders of machine translation built into Google Chrome, the GIDEON web based application can be read in almost any language.
Recently we updated the various tabs to be totally text based rather than graphic based and voila. This is how GIDEON looks in Korean:

Using Chrome right click, Translate and if necessary choose a different language.


Read GIDEON ebooks in web app

Since GIDEON first launched ebooks, many app subscribers have wanted to view them. Although the content in the web app is constantly updated and the ebooks are only generated once a year, some users like to view the material in a linear book format.

Now, through the Ebooks tab, app users can read the ebooks:

Ebooks are listed by Country, Disease and Other categories:

Ebooks Country list

The full PDF ebook displays in a new window.

Click Buy to purchase the ebook for offline access.

GIDEON eBooks 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of GIDEON ebooks has expanded all content, graphs, maps and references based on extensive updates in the GIDEON web application.

New Cross Border events have been added to notes where cases have been imported to and/or exported from that country.

A few of the iconic ebooks in this series:

  • Infectious Diseases of the World – provides a review of every human infectious disease in the world, including disease distribution maps.
  • Global status of [any infectious disease] – the perfect reference source for Clinicians and Epidemiologists.
  • eBooks which provide detailed and up-to-date information on every anti-infective drug and vaccine – key references for every health-care worker.
  • A complete encyclopedia of all human bacteria and yeasts – a must for any laboratory or health-care student.
  • GIDEON Guide to Outbreaks – the most comprehensive list of outbreaks available anywhere.

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Reference links in Drugs and Vaccines

Reference links have arrived to the GIDEON Therapy related modules: Drugs and Vaccines.

Every drug and vaccine includes relevant clickable reference numbers that link to relevant source abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.


For example: