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Boy creates software to help with headaches

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-03-09 17:33

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After the surgeries, Gardyan, who was a high school student, had severe and painfully intense headaches.

His doctor advised him to take notes after each headache: he had to describe the pain, how long each headache lasted and how many pills he took. But it was hard for the boy to take notes manually because he had headaches, sometimes, every three minutes.

As he was tech savvy and familiar with programming, he quitted taking notes manually and started creating a programme which he called Guardian and that would help him and its users to register recurring headaches. With these records, this tool would also help the doctors to better treat and diagnose some illnesses.

"Taking notes manually like my doctor ordered was too repetitive for me. Luckily I was learning to programme at the time, so I challenged myself to make this program, to help me record accurate data about my headaches”, the developer explained.

Guardian works as a diary for patients who struggle with frequent headaches, allowing the patients and the doctors to keep track of their condition. It asks the users some questions like the doctor would during consults.

"After you input your data for a certain length of time, the program will create a graph or a trend that users and their doctors can use to see if their condition is improving, or getting worse," the boy said.

Tiara Anindhita, a neurologist who had been treating Gardyan, said the boy didn’t actually improve until he had compiled enough notes which helped the doctor choose the right medication and the right dose for the developer.

The doctor encouraged the student to modify the software so it could be released for the public, which can be useful for people who suffer from all kinds of headaches. It can also help the patients by identifying what triggers the headaches.

For now, the software is only available for doctors.

Gardyan said he doesn’t intend to make a profit out of Guardian, at least not just yet. "I want to help people first," he said.

Adapted from: https://bit.ly/2Hbq9K9

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Gardyan Priangga Akbar, born in Indonesia, in 2001, developed a software named Guardian after being submitted, in 2016, to two surgeries for a brain tumour. Guardian helps patients who struggle with frequent headaches to keep records of their illness.

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