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May 31, 2011

BehindTheMedspeak: Concussion? There's an app for that


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


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


"'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."


"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.'"


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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