Gideon: A Global Web-Based Program for Decision Support and Informatics in Geographic Medicine

  • Stephen A. Berger Department of Geographic Medicine


GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network, ) is a web-based computer program designed for decision support and informatics in the field of Geographic Medicine. The first of four interactive modules generates a ranked differential diagnosis based on patient signs, symptoms, exposure history and country of disease acquisition. Additional options include syndromic disease surveillance capability, and simulation of bioterrorism scenarios. The second module accesses detailed and current information regarding the status of 340 individual diseases in each of 220 countries. Over 50,000 disease images, maps and user-designed graphs may be downloaded for use in teaching and preparation of written materials. The third module is a comprehensive source on the use of 328 anti-infective drugs and vaccines, including a listing of over 9,500 international trade names. The fourth module can be used to characterize or identify any bacterium or yeast, based on laboratory phenotype. GIDEON is an up-to-date and comprehensive resource for Geographic Medicine.