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2013 edition of GIDEON eBooks with maps

The 2013 edition of GIDEON eBooks has been released. This new edition includes distribution maps for each disease. A example of the distribution map of Tuberculosis is included below.

The entire series now contains 105,467 pages of text, graphs and maps in 419 eBooks.

The GIDEON eBook titles are divided into two series.

The country series, offers a complete text devoted to the Infectious Diseases of every individual country. In addition there are 2 other eBooks. Infectious Diseases of the World covers the worldwide status of every disease including distribution maps. Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism includes all Infectious Diseases related to Bioterrorism and related notes.

The disease series, explores each individual Infectious Disease and includes a distribution map for each disease.

The eBooks can be ordered by individuals directly and downloaded as PDF files, which can be used on computers and tablets such as kindles, ipads and nooks.
Librarians can order GIDEON eBooks through EBSCOhost.

Distribution map of Tuberculosis with disease rates by country:
Tuberculosis disease rate distribution map by GIDEON

GIDEON eBooks: 2012 Edition Now Available

The 2012 edition of GIDEON eBooks has been released.
The entire series now contains 100,300 pages of text, in 419 books.

The GIDEON e-book titles are divided into two series. The first, country series, offers a complete text devoted to the Infectious Diseases of every individual country. The second, disease series, explores each individual Infectious Disease.

The eBooks can be ordered by individuals directly through the website and downloaded as PDF files.
Librarians can order GIDEON eBooks through EBSCOhost.

From a recent review of GIDEON eBooks in the Journal of Travel Medicine:
GIDEON eBooks are an encyclopedia of infectious diseases across countries worldwide. They are continually updated and represent the only texts of their kind. They complement the excellent GIDEON on-line diagnostic tool and are a great addition to a library for those practicing infectious diseases, public health, global health, and even primary care.

GIDEON Graphs

The ability to graph data is an indispensable tool in Epidemiology. As of 2011, GIDEON follows reports concerning incidence, mortality and other numerical input for 347 individual diseases in 231 countries. The relevant spread sheets contain over 30,000 individual data sets, containing 550,000 individual data points. All data sets are updated on a continual basis. Users of GIDEON can view and compare any graph or group of graphs using a friendly interactive menu. An overview of this system is available in powerpoint format at the following link: GIDEON Graphs

Updates, Maps and Contents tabs makeover

As part of our recent ongoing effort to give GIDEON a newer, more functional look, we’ve added Updates and Contents Tabs.

Updates

GIDEON is updated every several days and each update includes a summary of what’s new. It consists of  3 sections: Index, What’s New and Maps.

  • Index: Left side tree with the most current and prior updates sorted by date.
  • What’s New: The list of items updated with links directly to the relevant content.
  • Maps: A map that displays the Outbreak (red dot) and Country (blue dot) notes that have been updated. Clicking on the dots and the relevant disease links directly to the note.

Updates was formerly a link called “What’s New”. A summary automatically appears in blog posts and on twitter, so please subscribe for the latest updates.

Contents

Contents is a table of contents and statistical summary of all the GIDEON content, that is current with each update. It consists of  3 sections: Content Lists, Item content and Synonyms.

  • Content lists: Content summary and GIDEON modules and sub-modules in a tree format
  • Item content: For each item in the tree, displays content list. For example, Infectious Diseases – Diseases, displays a list of all the Infectious Diseases with links directly to those diseases.
  • Synonyms: Shows lists of related synonyms for item if they exist. In the example above, all the Infectious Disease synonyms are listed, linked to the diseases in GIDEON. In the case of Drugs and Vaccines, the trade names are listed.

Contents and Updates will display in GIDEON’s application if you’re logged in, otherwise as part of the website.
Some screenshots below:

Updated Microbiology module

GIDEON’s redesigned Microbiology module has been launched (screenshot). Following the update of the GIDEON Diagnosis module, we’ve implemented many of the new features in Microbiology, including

  • New tabs
  • Suggestions
  • Dynamic identification
  • Usability improvements

New tabs

The new tabs in Microbiology replace the older radio buttons and make it easier to reach each function. For each category: Bacteria, Mycobacteria and Yeasts there is easy access to Identify or Lists.

Suggestions

GIDEON’s Microbiology Compare function, until now, has ranked phenotypic tests which are most likely to impact the Identification list. Now, the top four tests which are most likely to focus and shorten the list of possible organisms are displayed and dynamically updated as each new test result is entered. Clickable boxes which allow the user to enter a “yes”, “no” or “unknown”, appear and enlarge each time the mouse passes near a test.

Dynamic identification

The Identify button has been eliminated! Now, the Identification list is automatically updated as test results are entered. This feature demonstrates the effects of each new test result as it is entered.

Diagnosis results buttonsThe familiar buttons: Compare, Why Not, Open case, Save case, Remove All, Print, Email are all in the Identification list area.

Usability improvements

Updated lists

The organism lists have been updated to extend the length of the screen. The organisms can be selected by clicking the check boxes to their left and then Compared. Clicking on expands the list of synonyms.

Collapsible windows

Windows in Identify, such as Suggestions and Phenotypic Tests can be minimized and hidden. For example to not see suggestions, click on the minimize button Minimize button to the left title.

Mouse overs
More mouse-overs have been added: Clickable boxes expand as you mouse over them, and display clear symbols to select “yes” or “no.”

Phenotype
You can now click on the tests  in the Phenotype window.

Quick sorting
Probability sort arrowIdentification results can be sorted alphabetically or by probability easily by clicking the column title.

Window resizing
Changing vertical window size expands size of Phenotypic tests and Identification list sub-windows in Identify and Organism list. This is a great feature for larger monitors.

Previous version
Click “Original Microbiology” to use the older interface.

Update: See video demonstration

E-book: Infectious Diseases of Haiti by GIDEON

When the humanitarian disaster in Haiti began to unfold, we accelerated development of a comprehensive book on the diseases of that country. This will be one in a series of ebooks which present the status of all infectious diseases…in all individual countries. This ebook, Infectious Diseases of Haiti, will be offered free of charge to all health professionals concerned with the current disaster.

There are 347 forms of human infectious disease in the world today – and 198 of these (more than half) are known to occur in Haiti. Sadly, one of the “side effects” of living in a poor and disaster-ridden economy is a lack of useful facts regarding the local status of individual diseases. GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) is a Web-based application which follows diseases – both on a global level and within each country. Data are updated daily and are derived from all relevant journals, websites, Health Ministry reports and publications of the World Health Organization. The electronic book (ebook) is generated from information in the GIDEON database, and will serve as the first comprehensive review of infectious diseases in Haiti. Similar ebooks are now available by country and disease.

Download the 2017 edition for free in PDF: Infectious Diseases of Haiti by GIDEON

2010 legacy editions

New GIDEON Diagnosis Module Video

Following up on the post announcing the new GIDEON diagnosis module, there is now a video demonstration by Dr. Steve Berger:

Wishing you all a happy 2010!

New GIDEON Diagnosis module

GIDEON’s redesigned Infectious Diseases Diagnosis module has been launched (screenshot). There are many new features, including

  • Suggestions
  • Dynamic diagnosis
  • Usability improvements

Suggestions

Diagnosis suggestions snapshotUntil now, GIDEON’s Diagnosis Compare function has ranked signs and symptoms which are most likely to impact the Differential Diagnosis list. Now, the top four clinical findings which are most likely to focus and shorten the list of possible diseases are displayed and dynamically updated as each new sign or symptom is entered. Clickable boxes which allow the user to enter a “yes”, “no” or “unknown”, appear and enlarge each time the mouse passes near a perspective finding.

Dynamic diagnosis

The Diagnose button has been eliminated! Now, the differential diagnosis list updates automatically as you enter signs and symptoms. This feature demonstrates the effects of each new sign or symptom as it is entered.
The First case scenario list still appears below the diagnosis list.
Diagnosis results buttonsThe familiar buttons: Compare, Why Not, Open case, Save case, Remove All, Print, Email are all in the Diagnosis Results area.

Usability improvements

Country selection and Incubation period entryCountry and incubation period in symptom list
Country name and Incubation period have been appended to the Clinical Presentation list.  Now, whenever you indicate a country name, or dates of exposure, the Differential diagnosis list instantly re-adjusts accordingly.

Collapsible windows
Windows, such as Suggestions and Clinical Summary can be minimized and hidden. For example to not see suggestions, click on the minimize button Minimize button to the left title.

Mouse overs
Mouse over check boxMore mouse-overs have been added: Clickable boxes expand as you mouse over them, and display clear symbols to select “yes” or “no.”

Clinical Summary
You can now click on the signs and symptoms in the Clinical Summary. Clicking on Country will display “Worldwide”. Clicking again displays the country.

Quick sorting
Probability sort arrowDiagnosis results can be sorted alphabetically or by probability easily by clicking the column title.

Resize window
Changing vertical window size expands size of Clinical presentation and Diagnosis results sub-windows. This is a great feature for larger monitors.

Previous version
Click “Original diagnosis” to use the older interface.

Compare diseases, drugs or pathogens

One of the most important functions of GIDEON is to help users prepare scientific articles, teaching material and other publications (see the Fingerprint case of the month). A new feature now allows users to create custom-designed charts which compare the features of two or more diseases, drugs or pathogens.

For comparison of key clinical and epidemiological features of infectious diseases, in the Diseases tab, click on a disease (step 1 in the image below), and – while holding down the control button – click on other diseases of your choice. Now click on the Compare button (step 2).

Choosing diseases to compare
Choosing diseases to compare

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GIDEON can be searched via MetaLib

New press release:

Ex Libris continues to expand the MetaLib Knowledge Base with valuable GIDEON research resources

The world-leading GIDEON medical database can now be searched via MetaLib

Jerusalem, Israel, and Los Angeles, CA – July 26, 2007 — Ex Libris™ Group and GIDEON Informatics have today announced that following a successful beta-testing period carried out by MetaLib® customers and Ex Libris staff, the renowned GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) database has been added to the MetaLib Central Knowledge Base (CKB). Researchers will now be able to use the MetaLib interface to search the GIDEON database for medical resources that aid in diagnosing and referencing a wide range of ailments. By making relevant information more accessible, MetaLib helps reduce information overload—thus increasing the efficiency with which medical problems can be managed and resolved.

Ex Libris remains focused on continually enhancing the MetaLib Central Knowledge Base. Earlier this year, TechXtra and PerX, two major engineering and technology resources, were added to the MetaLib CKB, greatly expanding the range of cross-searchable engineering, mathematics, and computing resources in the MetaLib gateway and metasearch system.

“We are very excited to partner with Ex Libris, an information market leader, and provide an integrated search solution for our mutual customers,” commented Uri Blackman, CEO of GIDEON Informatics, Inc.

Tal Ayalon, MetaLib Knowledge Base team leader, noted, “We are proud to add GIDEON to our rapidly growing MetaLib Central Knowledge Base. The inclusion of GIDEON, one of the most prominent health and medicine databases in the world, reflects the Ex Libris commitment to optimize the research process by making the finest possible resources available to researchers around the world.”

About GIDEON Informatics:

GIDEON Informatics develops and markets point-of-care medical-decision support applications that help reduce diagnostic errors. GIDEON, the company’s flagship product, is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, interactive Web-based infectious-disease knowledge management tool. It helps medical personnel at hundreds of institutions worldwide diagnose and treat infectious diseases and identify microorganisms, including bioterrorism agents. GIDEON Informatics is a privately held corporation headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

For additional information on GIDEON Informatics, see www.gideononline.com.

About MetaLib:

The Ex Libris MetaLib gateway and metasearch system enables users to access their institution’s e-collections, obtain relevant services, and work in a personalized environment. Using the easily customized MetaLib user interface or the user interface of another application tightly integrated with MetaLib, library patrons can conduct a metasearch across heterogeneous resources or link to the resources’ native interface.

The flexible MetaLib infrastructure accommodates both single institutions and consortia. Web-based administration tools enable librarians to quickly activate the full range of information resources that they offer their users. Integrated with the MetaLib system is the award-winning SFX® OpenURL-compliant link resolver, which provides users with context-sensitive linking to services that their institution has defined and customized on the basis of its e-collections and policies.

For additional information on MetaLib, see www.exlibrisgroup.com/metalib.htm.

About Ex Libris Group:

Ex Libris Group is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations around the globe. Ex Libris Group’s flagship ALEPH® 500 and Voyager® integrated library solutions are in use at over 3,000 sites worldwide. Other products from the Ex Libris suite, deployed at more than 1,300 sites, focus on the digital library and offer state-of-the-art, user-centric solutions for managing electronic resources and digital assets and providing informed access to them.

For additional information on Ex Libris Group, see www.exlibrisgroup.com.

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