GLIF is a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) designed to assist community health workers with medical decisions.
GLIF: Clinical Decision Support System
GLIF is a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) designed to assist community health workers with medical decisions. It would function similarly to the SMS question-answering service ChaCha. By capturing data exhaust, it may also help epidemiologists identify and contain outbreaks in the developing world.
In order to circumvent language barriers and illiteracy, GLIF uses a system of pictorial and numeric communication. Basic information about patient and symptoms (“male / age 3 / yes fever / 72 w / yes nailbed pallor / question treat for malaria / question which medication / question what dosage / question how long”) is converted into hexadecimal sequence by a community health worker using a pictographic key, then automatically decoded on the receiving end. The receiver is presented with the question and a list of suggested responses. Suggestions take into consideration such factors as the location of the sender. A response is chosen, sequenced, sent, and again decoded by the community health worker using the pictographic key.
The pictographic key includes a diagram of a human body, as well as pictograms of the most common symptoms, treatments, units of measurement, and medications. The key is designed to be easily transferable and reproducible. For example, it may be painted in freehand onto a wall of a building and still remain usable.
GLIF is not designed to replace the community health worker at the point of care, but rather to supplement her first hand observation and knowledge with the power of the Internet.
A secondary benefit of GLIF is that time and location-based data collection may be used to indentify and contain disease outbreaks and to better allocate medical resources. See Google Flu for example.
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