West Midlands Query Tool

Clinical trials and evaluation

Partner Organisations

  • Institute for Digital Health (IDH)
  • University of Warwick

Themes

  • Digital health

Date Initiated

01 April 2014

Project Status

Regional rollout

Along with CURe, the West Midlands Query Tool  is a set of tools to support research in specific clinical areas and engage frontline clinicians through integration with core IT systems.  

The planned outcomes were to design, build and test a semantically aware West Midlands Query Tool that will enable easy authoring of distributed searches, using a controlled vocabulary and data standards repository.

Programme Outcomes

  • A sophisticated set of tools to support wider NHS engagement in research has been developed.
  • Finalised scope of functionality based on literature reviews and evaluation of components.
  • Integration of a sophisticated terminology service.
  • Developed relationships with leading NHS clinical IT systems to promote the integration of research into mainstream NHS business processes.
  • Readiness for practical feasibility study with one trial.
  • The platform is now available to support regional research activity.
  • West Midlands Query Tool will be available (through the Clinical Trials Theme) to accelerate participation in research activity across the West Midlands.
  • Progress updates have been routinely shared between IDH, the WMAHSN digital theme and the WMAHSN Clinical Trials Advisory Group.
  • The programme has successfully developed new modules for diabetes, obesity and oncology imaging and six organisations are taking part.
  • West Midlands Query Tool is now ready for adoption, but it is becoming a crowded environment and along with CURe, it may well be that adoption of the two programmes lies with other vendors as part of a larger offer to the regional research community.
  • 1,060 patients have benefited from the two programmes. 

References

1.       H. Dereli, L. Zhao, S. N. Lim Choi Keung, A. Asadipour, C. Golby, and T. N. Arvanitis, West Midlands Query Tool: Visual Query Building of Health Datasets, In Abstracts e-book of the 2014 West Midlands Health Informatics Network Conference, University of Warwick, Coventry: UK, p. 11, 2014.

Programme Lead

Professor Theo Arvanitis
e: t.arvanitis@warwick.ac.uk
t: 024 7615 1691