At Lilly COI we are lowering the barriers that exist between clinical information and the people who need that information the most. We’ve shared how our Clinical Collections tool is a much easier way to search for and pull together relevant clinical trial registry information.
But we’ve been thinking: We want to make public clinical research easier to get at, right? Search is one way…but instead of search, what if we made it so that data finds the patient?
A Lot of Data
From the moment a patient learns that they have a serious illness or that their care-giver wants to try a new treatment, they are inundated with information, relevant and otherwise. Regardless of the size of the task, however, most patients are still highly motivated to learn as much as they can as quickly as they can. Accumulating relevant clinical information that could impact their health is crucial.
Clinicaltrials.gov is a registry with a lot of great information, and there are plenty more sources of clinical research information. As we look to more clinical trial sites, medical journal collections, drug labels and other digital sources, we open the doors to more knowledge – but we open the flood-gates of data on patients as well. So how can a patient get at the information they need without rowing through the sea of data?
The Right Data for the Right Patient
Big week for Data
Britain and the EU open data for taxpayer financed research.
A revolution, then, has begun. Technology permits it; researchers and politicians want it.
Research Articles go live with their associated data. Is this the future of academic publishing?
This is a list of the APIs from their various sub-organizations. We currently use clinicaltrials.gov to serve up data to Clinical Collections, but this list lays out convenient opportunities for more data mashups.
Last time, we discussed the Map view to see clinical trials plotted on a map. Today, we’re going to explore the timeline view, which gives a chronological map of sorts to visualize clinical trials.
With such a huge library of clinical trial data house within our system, we want to give our users as many ways to discover trials that would aid their research.
Let’s say, for example, you want to see all the tuberculosis trials that occurred in the 2000′s and filter to those which took place in the last half of the decade. How can you filter through dozens of search returns in a simple way? By showing an interactive timeline view, we’ve made this possible.
To see more, let’s dig in.
Plotting your timeline
To find the timeline view, let’s continue our tuberculosis user case from our series of posts. In this case, I’m searching for trials regarding tuberculosis. To see timeline view, simply select Timeline from the list of options at top of the search screen: