University of Vermont Professor (Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics) and Pediatrician Barry Finette has co-developed a mobile phone app MEDSINC (Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic System for Infants, Newborns and Children) set to be deployed in the field later this year. This app, which is downloadable onto any mobile device, has the ability to medically assess children in developing countries even if healthcare workers aren’t available.
Finette, having treated sick children with limited access to medical care in some of the world’s poorest countries, saw a great need for this app; which provides users (even those with little or no medical training) a series of questions to ask when assessing a sick child. The app then determines the severity of the child’s conditions and gives recommended treatment based on the user’s skill set. This app allows for life saving treatment even if the patient’s underlying condition can not be determined.
For more information, head over to Seven Days: Burlington Vermont’s weekly newspaper recently featured an article that highlights the MEDSINC app.
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