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[vox] [fwd] Open Source Palm Application for dosing Warfarin

Jonathan here is looking for Open Source developers who can help out
with this medical application for PalmOS.

Please contact him directly if you're interested in helping out!


--- Forwarded message from "Jonathan Neufeld, PhD" <jdneufeld@ucdavis.edu> ---

Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 11:18:46 -0800
From: "Jonathan Neufeld, PhD" <jdneufeld@ucdavis.edu>
Subject: Open Source Palm Application for dosing Warfarin
To: root@lugod.org
Cc: "Dr. Richard White" <rhwhite@ucdavis.edu>,
   Mike Hogarth <mahogarth@ucdavis.edu>


I've had some contact with LUGOD and lurked for a while on the lists. 
I've been an open source advocate (at least in private) for nearly 10 
years.  I'm now a researcher at the UCD Medical Center in Sacramento. 
I'm working on a federally funded project that is developing a Palm OS 
application to help docs and pharmacists dose warfarin (Coumadin), an 
anticoagulant (aka "blood thinner").  This medication is difficult to 
use properly and its improper use results in lots of medical errors 
every year.  The application uses a Bayesian algorithm to model patient 
response and has shown a lot of promise in previous research.

We have working C code (which we compile for the PalmOS using Code 
Warrior) and a handy little application that tracks study patients and 
data and does dose response modelling.  Under the terms of our grant we 
will be releasing the code to the OSS community when the research 
project is finished (about a year from now).  We are looking for some 
folks with the skills and interest to help move this code into the Open 
Source community.

Right now the application includes a number of functions that are 
specific to our research protocol (study-specific data elements and lots 
of logging of user actions for analysis mainly).  What it needs is some 
Palm/C programmers who can make it more "generic" and usable outside our 
specific research protocol.  Our grant paid for professional development 
of the code to this point, but we're hoping to find people in the OSS 
community to help make the transition to more general usability.

This program has the potential to be used by medical students, doctors, 
and pharmacists all over the country (at least that's what we hope), so 
it could be very exciting to the right people.

I would be grateful if you would forward this message to any people you 
know who might be interested in at least having a look.

-- Jonathan
Jonathan D. Neufeld, PhD
Staff Research Associate

Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care
2103 Stockton Blvd.
Grange Bldng., 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA  95817

(916) 734-6340  voicemail
(916) 734-2349  fax

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