Training tool for diagnostic skills and expert system for travel-related fever

Kabisa, a computer based tutorial for tropical and subtropical medicine, has been in development since 1992. The first version was built using foxpro, the second using C++, the third and fourth using MS Access XP, and the last using Delphi.

For developing countries it is a didactic tool that challenges the student with cases electronically assembled from a randomly generated disease and randomly chosen related presenting symptoms. The student should find the diagnosis with a set of disease characteristics, available in the context of a hospital in developing countries. The logical engine is based upon both pattern recognition and Bayesian logic. Moreover, Kabisa follows a threshold driven logic: you can only make the diagnosis if you reached the threshold, and if no strong excluders are available any more.

For a Western context, the program also offers a Bayesian diagnostic tool for imported fever, based on a prospectively generated database of over 2000 patients. It is innovative with the suggestion of new questions and tests based on the data already provided by the user.

How to install?

Windows users

First check if you have a 64 or (an older) 32 operating system. Create a new map on the desktop (or somewhere else, but not read-only), name it KABISA. Download the zip file and extract it in this map. Please, keep all files of KABISA always together in this map. Click on the exe file to start. For your convenience, you may create a shortcut on the desktop. 

Mac users

Download the zip file on the desktop. Unzip it there, or in a new map KABISA. Click on this unzipped map, KABISA will start (never on the ZIP file, it will not work).

Frequently asked questions

Windows users

  1. While opening, your computer gives the following message: "cannot load vendor library [ibtogo64.dll]"
    This means the zip has not been unpacked correctly in one single directory, or you tried to open KABISA directly from the zip file. Please restart unzipping if necessary.
  2. While opening, your computer states that some other dll is missing.
    Some older versions of windows miss a runtime C++ library dll. Please go to the following webpages, and execute all four exe files:
    Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013
    Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

Mac users

  1. Your Mac computer refuses to install a program from an unknown publisher.
    Your computer does this for security reasons, don’t panic. How to open a Mac app from an unidentified developer.
  2. Kabisa is simply not working.
    You may have clicked on the zip file, instead of on the unzipped map.

Who has been involved in Kabisa?

  • The software has been written by Luc Kestens, PhD, Koenraad Blot, MD, Stefano Laganà, Rik Van Hauwe.
  • The logic has been developed by Jef Van den Ende, Luc Kestens, Koenraad Blot and Zeno Bisoffi.
  • The images have been brought together and processed by Erwin Van den Enden.
  • The implementation in actual pedagogy has been organised by Louis Vermeulen.
  • Conceptual and techincal support can be obtained from Jef Van den Ende.
  • The Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Belgian Development Cooperation have provided financial support.