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  • The Modernisation of the Teaching of Diagnostics

    The testing of a globally successful medical diagnostic application may start at the University of Debrecen this autumn.
    The team of developers of the InSimu application, consisting of youth from Debrecen, came in third place at the finals of the innovation competition of Microsoft held in Seattle in late July. Members of the team consisting of students of the University of Debrecen were able to present their application in Seattle after the successful Hungarian and then the regional rounds of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, a global student technology competition. The team placed third among the thirteen teams in the “World Citizenship” category.
    The Modernisation of the Teaching of Diagnostics 
    The essence of the unique InSimu application, developed for mobile devices, is that the user is presented with a simulated patient with symptoms, similarly to real-life situations. The task of the medical students and young physicians is to determine what diagnostic examinations are needed and what causes the patient’s symptoms. Factors used in the evaluation include not only the accuracy of the diagnosis, but also the amount of money and time needed for the treatment.
    “The beta version of the application will be soon tested by medical students at the University of Debrecen. After we carry out any fixes needed in the software, InSimu is expected to become available in app stores at the end of the year or early 2017”, said Gábor Tóth, member of the team of developers and Ph.D. student in the Institute of Biophysics and Cellular Biology.
    Another member of the team, János Vincze, is also working toward a doctorate at the University of Debrecen. In addition to graduating from the medical school, he has also earned a degree from the Faculty of Information Technology as a software engineer, while Tamás Katona also has a degree in IT from the University of Debrecen. The one female member of the team is Andrea Herdon, from Debrecen, who studies economics at Corvinus University of Budapest.
    “The biggest result from the global competition of Microsoft is that so many people could find out about our application, but we also received USD 5,000 to assist us with the further development, which we hope that many more Hungarian physicians will also join in. The University of Debrecen has always provided an environment that supported our development and individual innovative initiatives”, added Gábor Tóth.
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