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GIDEON, a global infectious disease knowledge management tool.

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GIDEONGIDEON is the world's premier global infectious disease knowledge management tool. GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) is an easy to use, interactive and comprehensive web based tool that helps you overcome information overload while saving you time through quick access to a vast knowledge database. GIDEON is used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy.


GIDEON is made up of four modules: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Therapy and Microbiology. The constantly updated database includes 337 diseases, 224 countries, 1,147 microbial taxa and 306 antibacterial (-fungal, -parasitic, -viral) agents and vaccines. GIDEON's worldwide data sources essentially include the entire world's literature and adhere to the standards of Evidence Based Medicine. Over 10,000 notes outline the status of specific infections within each country. Also featured are over 20,000 images, graphs, interactive maps and references.


GIDEON is used in hospitals, universities (undergrad and medical schools), private practice, public health departments and the military by physicians (emergency room, internal medicine, pediatrics), teachers, microbiologists and health professionals. It is an ideal teaching tool for health care students, residents and fellows. Visit the partial list of customers and read their testimonials.


In a blinded multi-center field trial of 495 patients, the correct diagnosis was displayed in over 94% of cases, and was listed first in over 75%. GIDEON has been reviewed in numerous journals and is continually updated to maintain accuracy.


Signs and symptoms incorporated in GIDEON are those generally used by specialists in the field.  Most are easy to assess, and discriminative in the consideration or elimination of large groups of individual diseases.  Similarly, the phenotypic tests listed in the Microbiology module are useful in the identification of large subgroups of bacteria, or the identification of individual major taxa.  For example, one of our users asked, 'Why is yellow pigment included, but not red pigment?'  The presence or absence of yellow pigment is extremely important in the identification of major human pathogens; while red color is limited to only a few minor taxa.  In addition to these considerations, one must realize that each symptom or phenotypic test occupies an extremely long column in one of the GIDEON spread sheets - with additional concerns of computer space, speed, etc.

Since all sources are all peer-reviewed and are backed by scientific evidence - most are considered the premier scientific sources. Poor, uncontrolled, or poorly-analyzed studies cannot appear in these publications. This also holds for websites used in maintaining GIDEON. Virtually all are governmental sites. Reputable computer lists in the field are used, in a manner which fits the standards of evidenced-based medicine. For example, although ProMED is considered THE site for new and ongoing outbreaks, many of its own sources consist of newspapers and news agencies. Therefore we only use references to ProMED in circumstances where they provide the only citations for a given outbreak (often in underdeveloped and remote regions these will be the only sources that will ever become available) and as new information sources become available those are included. The reference feature in GIDEON further supports GIDEON as an Evidence Based Medicine database by allowing the user to view all source information, and to reach their own conclusions regarding the credibility of those sources if needed.

The data in GIDEON are accessed and collated through a system of computer macros and dedicated source lists developed over the past 15 years. A monthly search of Medline is conducted against a listing of all GIDEON key words, and titles / abstracts of interest are reviewed. All available national Health Ministry publications [print and electronic] are scanned, as are standard publications of WHO and CDC. Relevant peer-reviewed publications (Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Antimicrobial Agents, Tropical Medicine, etc) are continually examined for relevant articles.

There are a number of links to CDC information:
- Everything relevant published in CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases is referenced in GIDEON with links back to the source
- Many of the relevant CDC Images are in GIDEON
- Some of the Worldwide disease notes link directly to the CDC website
- some of the country disease notes, for example Yellow Fever, include CDC recommendations

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 May 2008 02:10 )  

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