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Old 03-04-2012, 08:01 AM
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Default Handbook of Tropical Medicine - interested in a humanitarian app?

Hi guys,

I'm a medical student in the UK soon specialising in tropical medicine, I am working with a seasoned medical app developer and cardiothoracic surgeon in the US on a handbook of tropical medicine: a reference app covering all the important clinical features of the 36 main tropical diseases. It's going to be free and for iPhone and iPad.

Here's a little demo of our progress so far:


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One of the features we are hoping to include is a "virtual lab"; basically it will contain a series of mini-game like tutorials in which the user can carry out diagnostic tests. I won't go into too much detail about all the different tests now but to give you an example, the "tourniquet test" involves putting a blood pressure cuff around someone's arm, inflated it to between their systolic and diastolic blood pressures, leaving it a given amount of time then removing it - if there area certain number of little red dots called "petaechia" left behind afterwards then the test is positive, and this indicates a particular disease.

So I'm looking for someone who is confident they can produce little mini-games like this for our app! I can assure you it's all to a very good cause, the content will be expert reviewed and go onto iTunes absolutely free and should make a big stir! Being used all over the world to treat diseases in some of the poorest countries on earth!

Hope to hear from someone!
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:20 AM
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Aww nobody interested?

This could be really exciting guys, gaming hasn't been used as a teaching tool very much on the app store, and never before in tropical medicine, this app could make quite a splash!
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:15 AM
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One last bump. Isn't anyone interested in pro bono work on an area that affects countless millions of lives every day?

There has been very little use of gaming in teaching on the App Store, if done right this could be a serious award winner, is there no aspiring game dev out there looking to work on such an exciting project, or an established developer looking to prove how gaming can be used to teach as well as entertain?
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:09 AM
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Here's an example of one of the mini game type tutorials:

This is for what's called a tourniquet test, for a disease called dengue. Basically the user must pump a blood pressure cuff on the patient's arm to between their systolic and diastolic BPs (the two numbers you get in a blood pressure reading), leave it for a certain amount of time, remove it and count the number of petaechia per square inch, if it is above 10 then it's positive.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:06 AM
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Could someone perhaps recommend another place to post this?
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:39 PM
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Bump.

It is possible that if game developers are not keen to do this pro bono, these tutorials could be installed as an in-app purchase module, with the developer taking the vast majority of the proceeds.

This really is an exciting opportunity, we are exhibiting the app in it's current form at a medico-teaching conference next week, these mini games could really take it to the next level!
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