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Is that red, runny nose due to a cold; or are you suffering from sinusitis?
They’re both pretty nasty, but when you consider a cold is usually left to run its course, while the bacterial infection that causes sinusitis should be treated with potent antibiotics, it’s important your physician knows exactly what brought you to that packed, wheezing office.
That’s why The Canadian Rhinosinusitis Best Practices and Standards Working Group is offering a free iPad app to doctors called the Sinusitis Toolbox.
“We anticipate this application will allow a more uniform treatment of rhinosinusitis in Canada,” says Dr. Martin Desrosiers of the Centre hospitalier de l’universite de Montreal. “We hope the educational tools allow clinicians to improve their nasal examination skills, formulate more accurate diagnoses and select more appropriate treatment plans.”
“The event bridges the gap between doctors, nurses and surgeons who know what technologies are needed, or are missing within the industry but do not have immediate access to a network of tech developers and designers who can build the digital technologies they’re looking for,’ said Jeeshan Chowdhury, Hacking Health co-founder. “The medical community has shown a huge amount of interest … because the top down approach to innovating health care by governments and big corporations has not worked.”
Chowdhury says the weekend — which focused on the creation of apps and other digital initiatives — is a bottom-up approach to innovation.
Helen Buckie, part of the communications team working on the sinus project, says their app is intended for the medical industry and not self-diagnosis. However, it can be used by the doctor as a visual aid to explain to the patient why he or she is being referred to a specialist for an operation or simply sent home with advice to take it easy for a few days.