Medical Emoji :-)

Emoji are small faces that represent the emotions and first developed as facial expressions then spreed to common objects, places, types of weathers and animals. But recently they are moving to a wider trends as there are evidences that suggest their wider usability in scientific and official documents to express the text meaning better. Besides, the medical doctors and health professionals have moved to virtual environment and use commonly electronic devised and messengers for counseling. As, by development of medical specialties need for consultation between the healthcare providers are more and more.

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Hence, now it is not possible to do it without online methods like messengers. In online consultation using messengers the doctors surely need to text all detail of the patient for their colleague and so using emoji is necessary. But, the main problem is that these emoji were not developed specially for medical signs and symptoms. So, while some of general emoji like or ? work for presentation of some of concepts are used in clinical medicine. But presenting many clinical concepts including the sign and symptoms are impossible to presentation by conventional ones. Accordingly, Dr Assadi and colleagues started a research group aimed to start medical emoji in general, and clinical sign and symptoms in particular. Each emojii judged by ten medical doctors for presentation and understating of the meaning, before being apeared in this list but it is open to all and we ask you to check them below and rate them. We are working on new ones while we are also trying to find method to add their uni-codes.

International Medical Emoji foundation is launched

International Medical Emoji Foundation (IMEF) is the first group of medical experts and talents working on Medical emojis. We are trying to find the best icons and symbols for representing the clinical signs and symptoms. These emojis would be reusable in any application or add-in keyboard that intended to be used in clinical settings. Also IMEF accepts members. So if you are interested in MEDICAL EMOJI and want to get engaged you can join and donate to promote our activities.

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Assadi R et al. created the first series of Clinical Emoji

The idea of creating of clinical and medical emoji are developed from years ago. Then Dr Reza Assadi, assistant professor of Epidemiology in Mashhad University of Medical Sciences started working on these icons. After three years the first series of these icons was ready and published. As there are presented in this website, the clinical emojis are various in type and are not following a unique face-based structured of the initial emojis. It was not easy to create these icons as there are many different types of signs and symptoms that should be representative of that phenomena by most of the observers. It is like routine emojis that mostly their concept understood in the first visit.

Dr Reza Assadi, and colleagues developed the emojis for the first time

These emojis are developed by sessions held by graphic designers and medical doctors and then have been circulated several times among the clinicians to reach an acceptable consensus. But, still the feedback form is open and we expect the colleagues all around the world to fill in this form and provide as with their feedback about how we will discuss our patients in future.

“Clinical sign and symptoms are presented by series of emojis that need massive improvement before becoming viral”


Clinical sign and symptom emojis are updated.

A new set of emojis are published on the website. These emojis are improved in graphic, design and chronology. These emojis are the final set of general icons and almost all of general signs and symptoms are illustrated. But, it should be mentioned that these illustrations are not yet circulated among the physicians and the extent of agreement and consensus of medical society about the emoji concepts is already under investigation.

Many doctors and nurses use smartphones for texting about their patients. So, it seems crucial to develop icons for clinical communication of the medical doctors and nurses about their clinical discussions. It should be tested that using the best icons can reduce the time, enhance the process and make it more user-friendly to send and receive the messages discussing a clinical scenario.

This is a suggested clinical emoji for Bloating, a digestive symptom that is presented by showing bubbles on the swallowed belly.
This is a suggested clinical emoji for Chest pain representing an small face presenting pain on the chest by hand and arrows.


Medical Emoji was presented at BMJ

BMJ one of the most prestige journals of medicine, published a letter on Medical Emojis written by Dr. Reza Assadi. This is done following publication of a feature paper entitled “Is it time to start using the emoji in biomedical literature?” by Vikas N O‚ÄôReilly-Shah et al. In this reply letter Assadi expressed the necessity of developing emoji for clinical practice and discussed why it is time of medical emoji.