Homeopathy @ Work

Homeopathy @ Work homeopathic remedy finder is intended to assist health care professionals by pinpointing top remedies that match the patient picture. The Release 2.0 can perform constitutional analysis using Kent's Mind Symptoms and Generalities. For acute analysis, it uses an alphabetized and categorized version of Boericke Materia Medica that was developed by Shashi Phatak.

Developed as a tool to help in real time case taking, as opposed to back-end research, the software presents progressively smaller lists of symptoms, generalities, modalities and characteristics to choose from. To allow for this type of structured approach, the database size is kept modest - only 120 of the most commonly used remedies are considered. An expert system like algorithm uses "weights" to grade likely remedies. Patient information can be saved and a personalized report can be generated.

The software requires 486 or higher PC running MicroSoft Windows 3.1 or later with 8MB RAM (It would run very slowly with 4MB RAM) and 16 MB free disk space.

Homeopathy @ Home, the home version of the software, includes the modified Boericke database and can perform acute analysis. It is limited in the number of profiles that can be saved.

An Independent Review

Here is a review of Homeopathy @ Home Release 1.5 by Dr. Daniel Towle, reprinted with permission from Winter 1994 issue of The Prover magazine.

Homeopathy at Home by Biodesic

There is a newcomer on the computer market for homeopathy. Unlike MacRepertory or RADAR, this program is specifically designed for families that want to use homeopathy to treat acute illnesses at home. It requires a 386 DX IBM compatible computer with 4 MB or more of RAM, EGA or higher graphics and a mouse.

This program is easy to install into Windows, on a 386 it takes about 20-25 minutes to load. Starting the program off of Windows only requires a few mouse clicks to open to the initial screen. You have two choices upon opening the program, either you can proceed by category analysis or by the ailment depending on the case that you perceive.

There is a set up screen for 8 patients (family members) that can be loaded with key background data (chilly, hot, craves sweets, etc.) that is constant and chronic for each of the family members. Then when you need to work on a family member you just have to load in the acute symptoms.

If a person can operate a VCR, they could operate this program. The screen commands appear as < (backwards), > (forward to the next screen), Cancel, Clear and Glossary. With the mouse you scroll down the list of categories (there are 32) which include topics like ears and hearing, fever, hands and feet, stomach, etc. You mouse click the select button for symptoms in that category. This information is correlated with the chronic or stable information on that particular patient that has already been loaded into the program. The computer sorts through all the given information to provide the remedy and potency selection options. If a patient runs across a medical or homeopathic term they do not understand, they can use the Glossary button for an explanation.

After you select your symptoms to be considered, the next screen allows you to edit them. This allows you to confirm your choices and "clean up" your case taking. The next screen is for Modalities which you select for the program to consider in the remedy selection.

Once you have the information loaded into the program, the Remedies screen comes up which gives the top 3 choices with a graphic representation for the relative value of each of the remedy in this case. Below the graphic is the list of the symptoms that determined the remedy selection, this allows the patient to review which symptoms need to be addressed most clearly and what remedy picture most accurately reflects the overall condition of the patient.

There is another screen to report on the remedies, and will offer potency and frequency suggestions. Any where along the process you can have a report printed out.

The patient can open the case by Ailment (instead of category). There are nearly 100 ailments listed, such as acne, asthma, ulcer, etc. Otherwise the selection process follows the same, simple system. Overall, the Homeopathy at Home program has nice graphics, is simple to operate, has some nice detail for a patient oriented program and is quite flexible so it will work in nearly all cases.

This program will fill a necessary gap in acute home care, vital for the busy practitioner that wants his patients to screen their problems before contacting him. We all have experienced the annoyance of parents (especially the ones new to homeopathy) calling and taking up our time to deal with an acute condition, something they can take care of at home, if they have some help. Well, help has arrived, and it is called Homeopathy at Home. It is available from

For more information contact Biodesic at choices@teleport.com

1 (800) 678-5185 or 1 (503) 678-2797





 
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