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May 31, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Concussion? There's an app for that

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Wrote Christian Torres in a story in today's Washington Post,

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"Gerard Gioia, chief neuropsychologist at Children's National Medical Center, helped develop the Concussion Recogniton & Response application for parents and coaches."

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"'This application is really built for the non-medical provider,' Gioia said in an interview, adding that it uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 'Heads Up' materials, which he also helped develop."

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"App users answer yes-no questions about signs of a concussion, such as memory and balance problems, vomiting and confusion. There are also yes-no questions about symptoms including headache, blurry vision and sensitivity to light. The app user is alerted that there's a 'Concussion suspected' or 'A concussion is NOT suspected at this time.'"

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Not free the way we like it (and the way it should be to be of real benefit) but, rather, $3.99.

May 31, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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I'd like the observer/finder to dial 911, please.

Posted by: Kay | May 31, 2011 4:11:42 PM

Showing. Dang iPad spell check.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | May 31, 2011 1:14:02 PM

Consider that all of the movies and television showing a person struck on their head and falling unconscious are shoeing a concussion: What isn't shown is the damage done by the blow.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | May 31, 2011 1:13:22 PM

Are you suggesting that a $3.99 app can replace the medical diagnostic system most people use today: "Google it" --or the close alternative, "What does Wikipedia say?"

Posted by: Rex Hammock | May 31, 2011 1:06:23 PM

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