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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!

Feedback

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.

Comprehensive.

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!

Become our trusted advisor

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.

Securing access to GIDEON

This GIDEON website is now available at https://www.gideononline.com and the GIDEON app at https://web.gideononline.com

In a post-Snowden world, large internet companies, especially Google, have been pushing to encrypt all website connections via SSL. For the end user the change is slight, as for SSL protected websites the URL switches from http:// to https://. The green lock icon signifies that all traffic between the browser and the server is encrypted and is much harder to snoop on.

We’ve had requests to provide secure access to the GIDEON web application as far back as 2010 from a government customer. By offering SSL access to both our website and web application we hope to provide additional peace of mind when using GIDEON.

 

User Interface Refresh

Over the years GIDEON has added new features and now we’re making changes to improve access and simplify the interface.

We are rolling out a refresh of the GIDEON web app user interface that focuses on simplification.

These changes include:

GIDEON search for tick
Improved search

  • Type down: Search terms appear as you type.
  • Suggestions: Subjects related to the items you’re typing appear to easily reach the content you want.
  • Unified search and diagnosis: Specify if you’re looking for a diagnosis by choosing a sign or symptom from the Clinical Presentation list.

 

 

Enhanced User Interface

  • Select diseasesScreen size utilization: Content is centered and resized to take advantage of larger screen real estate.
  • Easier to select Diseases, Drugs or  Vaccines to compare.
  • Switched maps from Flash to HTML 5: HTML 5 browsers are more ubiquitous than flash plugin, and maps will now work on iPhones and iPads.
  • Improving interaction on mobile devices: lists have been optimized to work better on mobile devices. These are steps we’re taking to make GIDEON work easily wherever you are.
  • Reduced popups: screen popups have been replaced with CSS popups which allow a one window experience on tablets.

 

 

 

Removed rarely used functions

  • Infectious Diseases and Microbiology focus: Toxicology module removed since beta demonstrated little usage of the content.
  • Travel streamlined: Travel in Infectious Diseases is focused on GIDEON content removing content available directly on CDC website.

 

We would love to receive feedback on these changes.

 

 

Updates added for Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers

Due to a number of requests, a few updates to the GIDEON code were made to enhance compatibility with the webkit based browsers: Apple Safari and Google Chrome. Essentially this improved marking signs and symptoms in these browsers and enhances the GIDEON experience on the Apple iPhone.

Please let us know how this is working for you.

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