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Pillbox Application

Ran across Pillbox in Government Computing News (GCN), a web app that lets you identify what a pill is based on shape, color, imprint, and more. They have an HTML version and a Flex version, the latter definitely more user friendly (more graphics), but both are useful. The article about it says Poison Control Centers get over a million calls a year, so reducing that by even a small amount is interesting.

Just another place where sharing data is interesting and worthwhile.


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Posted by Steve Jones on 27 July 2010

Two things: One, this might be cool to know how the information is gathered, validated, etc.

Two, this is potentially a huge issue if it has any integrity issues or is attacked by hackers. Can you imagine someone marking a dangerous drug as safe?

Posted by jcrawf02 on 27 July 2010

yeah, like if the FDA got ahold of it...

Posted by Andy Warren on 27 July 2010

Sent them an email to see if they would do an interview about it. Certainly there is some risk, but the reward...well, it's interesting.

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