Turning Crowd-sourced Knowledge into Tangible Informatics.|
Perhaps you've posted to an internet forum, Facebook group, or chat room for help and suggestions about managing an interesting case that you've been working on. If you are lucky, a torrent of suggestions may result; some good, some bad, some with evidence, some without any evidence at all. In any case, before very long your post has probably scrolled off into the ether, and so has the collective wisdom that it had attracted to it.
HUNCH is an attempt to prevent this from happening. Its unique interface converts your clinical scenario into a coded matrix, which can then be saved, and further developed you and others. HUNCH does this by helping you build your case history into an instance. You constuct an instance by dragging and dropping various descriptive 'tiles' onto a grid, which you can then save, print out, etc. You can even invite others to participate in the further development/ refinement of your instance.
Turning Tangible Informatics into Expert Advice.
As instance data begins to accumulate it can be mined for patterns, frequencies of occurence, the safety and efficacy of agents employed. At that point HUNCH will then gradually morph into an expert system, a combination of the knowledge base and an inference engine.
Expert systems are a form of artificial intelligence, where a computer system that emulates the decision-making ability of a human expert. Individuals who are registered users of HUNCH and have contributed to the development of the knowledge base will then have access to the expert system. Joining hunch is free of charge.
HUNCH is a open-source program written by Peter D'Adamo, ND that is being developed by the bioinformatics institute of the University of Bridgeport Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine.