Posts tagged ‘NeuroMind’

NeuroMind for Windows available

For those of you who are using Windows 8 on their computer (desktop, laptop, ultrabook, tablet) I am happy to inform you that NeuroMind for Windows is now officially available.

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You can download this app for free from the Windows Store. Enjoy!

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International

NeuroMind on Windows 8 Release Preview

The youngest kid in the NeuroMind family is growing rapidly, and getting close to release! Welcome, Windows 8… I have implemented all scores that are in the current version of NeuroMind for iOS and Android, and all anatomical images. Created new icons to fit the so-called Metro-style that you will be seeing on Windows 8, and here is what the start screen looks like in landscape mode:

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What’s next? First, I will add some more scores that will also be available in future updates for iOS and Android. That means that you will have more than 100 neurosurgical scoring and classification systems on your mobile device! Second, I need to test on an actual device – so far I have only tested on the simulator. I will use the Samsung Series 7 for this purpose. I have registered an account in the Windows Store development section, and reserved the name “NeuroMind”. Just need to figure out how to get the app on the device for testing, without uploading to the Store first.

I am not sure if version 1.0 will include a search option. I want to have NeuroMind available when Windows 8 is released at October 26th, and my attempts so far with adding a search option to the app were only partially successful. I can get correct search results, but going from the results to the associated content is not as simple as I thought it would be. Will be continued…

To wet your appetite, the gallery here contains some more screenshots….

Pieter Kubben
IT editor SNI

NeuroMind 2 for iPad available in App Store!

And that is three! “NeuroMind for iPad” version 2.0 is now available in the App Store, completing the triad after the recent iPhone and Android upgrades. This free upgrade also includes the previously mentioned interactive decision support, and many more scores.

You can upgrade your existing installation, or download the latest version from the App Store.

Enjoy the app! Screenshots are available here.

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International

NeuroMind 2 for iPhone available in App Store!

NeuroMind 2 for iPhone is now available in the App Store as a free upgrade! It contains a brand new category with interactive decision support like explained in this video, and almost 100 scores that are relevant for neurosurgery!

You can upgrade the installed version on your device or download the latest version from the App Store.

More images are available here.

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for depressed cranial fractures

And here is number 5 out of 5 of the surgical guidelines of the Brain Trauma Foundation: depressed cranial fractures. In my earlier posts you read about on epidural hematomaacute subdural hematomatraumatic parenchymal lesions, and posterior fossa mass lesions. Before implementing the final part I needed to fix a technical problem. I ended up creating a workaround that does the job, so here we go…

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

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Note that the double line around the first decision moment is my way to indicate that both factors should be present (a logical AND-operator).

Step 3: convert into an app!

As you can see, the text is a little too long for the iPhone’s display. Of course, on iPad there is no problem because of the larger screen. I have not tested this one on Android yet. At least this is something I have to work on, probably I should decrease the font size on iPhone a little bit.

So, here is how the full Brain Trauma Foundation section on the surgical guidelines look in the iPhone menu of NeuroMind 2:

Now they’re just in the order in which they appear in the guidelines. Probably I will change this into alphabetical order later on… The latest developments on NeuroMind 2 are available here.

Pieter Kubben
IT editor
Surgical Neurology International 

Decision support for posterior fossa mass lesions

Chapter 4 out of 5: posterior fossa mass lesions! After implementing the Brain Trauma Foundation surgical guidelines on epidural hematomaacute subdural hematoma, and traumatic parenchymal lesions, now it is time for posterior fossa mass lesions. As usual, I take my “three-step-approach”:

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

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Step 3: convert into an app!

More screenshots are available from DigitalNeurosurgeon.com

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for traumatic parenchymal lesions

Part 3 of the BTF Surgical Guidelines: traumatic parenchymal lesions. By now you will be familiar with the three steps I also used for the decision support systems on epidural hematoma and acute subdural hematoma:

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

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Step 3: convert into an app!

Here is one picture, more images are available at DigitalNeurosurgeon.com

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Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for acute subdural hematoma

After my previous post on epidural hematoma, I now converted the BTF surgical guideline on acute subdural hematoma into a decision supporting system. Following the same steps as described previously, here we go:

Step 1: the original text-version of the guideline’s recommendations

Step 2: create a flowchart

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Step 3: convert into an app!

Here is one picture, more images are available at DigitalNeurosurgeon.com

Although emulator screenshots are running at iOS4, the app has been tested successfully at iOS5 as well!

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision support for epidural hematoma

(this is a guest post from DigitalNeurosurgeon.com, slightly modified for Surgical Neurology International)

The Brain Trauma Foundation has created and published guidelines on the treatment of brain trauma a few years ago. The Guidelines for the Surgical Management of Traumatic Brain Injury are available as PDF and in a searchable online format. What lacks, is the availability on a mobile platform, preferably as an interactive decision support system (like their Head Injury Prognosis calculator). Seems an excellent topic for NeuroMind 2 (appears in Q1-2012).

Approach

The guidelines are text-based, no flowcharts have been provided. This makes direct implementation of the guidelines in an app difficult, as I think I need to make clear what algorithm is used in the app. In the end, if you intend to use it to make decisions, you need to be able to check the algorithm in case you want to. So here is the 1-2-3 of converting a text-based guideline into an application:

  1. Read the text of the guidelines (or in this case: the Recommendations)
  2. Create a flowchart from the text
  3. Build the app based on the flowchart

I will explain more about the symbols that are used in the flowchart in a separate topic. Until then, this Open Course Ware tutorial gives you a nice introduction.

Epidural hematoma

Now here is the flowchart I created:

And here is a screenshot of the app:

For some more details and screenshots, click here.

Pieter Kubben
Information Technology editor
Surgical Neurology International

Decision Support added to menu

Our menu has been updated to reflect a new direction that we’re heading towards: decision support for your neurosurgical practice.

We currently offer two types of decision support: mobile apps and web-based. More interactive features are currently being developed and will be released in 2012.

Our SNI Mobile app of the journal can now be found under the menu-entry “The Journal”.