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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:

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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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