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BLIPS Service - Everything in one place

BLIPS™ is a complete Clinical Assessment Service, providing not just Software, but also Hardware, Database,  Training and Support. The BLIPS System provides all the clinical assessments you need to monitor your patients utilising the various BLIPS software modules which are delivered to your internet browser instantly. The data is collected collected via any internet browser, and is transferred with a single click of the mouse to the BLIPS database located centrally on a BLIPS-dedicated server. There, the data is instantly scored and quality checked for potential discrepancies. The the scores are instantly available to the site, and any reports within a few seconds are available to the site and the study team. The entire system is designed, built, maintained, managed and supported by ADS-Limathon. Our customers say that it's almost like having their own personal IT team dedicated to their study.

 

BLIPS Hardware

Theres no need to wait for your IT Infrastructure department to procure a new server, or find an old server for BLIPS to co-habit. Theres no fear that it will need a different version of Windows Server, it won't need building, it doesnt need configuring, benchmarking or optimising. Its not going to conflict with other applications. ADS-Limathon have this all taken care of. Since 2007, the BLIPS Service has been hosted on our dedicated servers at a major UK data warehouse. Now on our fourth generation servers, the current hardware system has been designed and optimised specifically to run BLIPS. The system has built-in resillience with in SSD drives in  RAID10 arrays, plus server mirroring, daily back up and offsite backups for disaster recovery.  BLIPS is our business, so the hardware is optimised to provide performance where it is needed, whilst storing your data securely and resilliently.

 

BLIPS Software

BLIPS 8 was released in 2015 as a replacement for SilverBLIPS, and the earlier i-BLIPS version which was still supported on older studies. BLIPS had evolved from a single user desktop system in 1996, to a local area network system in 2000. By 2002 it was being used as a LAN system for clinical trials. i-BLIPS  took the LAN system, and gave it internet capability. SilverBLIPS developed this further adding more indices, and more functionality. But  with increasing functionality, it was becoming complex! For BLIPS, 8 we went back to the drawing board - we de-constrcted all the functionality we had, added in new functionality, then gouped the functions by user role. The whole system was recoded in HTML5, giving it maximum browser compatibility, and future-prooffing against browser plug-in obsolence. We developed a modular BLIPS system where each module was aligned with the different roles of BLIPS users, thus simplifying the complexity of the system for all users.

  • BLIPS Dashboard - used for User Management, to create Countries, Sites and User Accounts, and to view patient progress in the study.
  • BLIPS Entry - used by Investigators and Data Entry persons at sites to add patients, enter assessments, and score their data
  • BLIPS Quality - used by Site Staff, CRAs or Study Managers to monitor data quality at site level
  • BLIPS Analysis - used by Clinicians to view, analyse,  graph and report data when monitoring individual patients, long term.
  • BLIPS Responder - used to view SRI and BICLA responders in real time, during the study.
  • BLIPS Extract - allows data managers to create data extracts ad-hoc, or automated to a schedule
  • BLIPS Adjudicator - allows independent clinical experts to select a cohort for data review. Cohort may be printed or adjudicated online.
  • BLIPS Query - allows a query to be raised by CRA's, Study Managers, or Adjudicators to the site. Queries and responses are tracked.
  • BLIPS Audit - changes to data are Audit trailled. Audit gives a means to review the audit trail by assessment. 

 

BLIPS Database

Each BLIPS environment has its own individual BLIPS Software connected to its own BLIPS Database. Though located at the data warehouse, the database is built and maintained by ADS-Limathon. The database has been refined and optimised for using with BLIPS, and the hardware is optimised to provide the necessary sytem resources. The database is built using Oracle MySQL, though the option to use MS SQL Server will be available shortly.

 

BLIPS Support

ADS-Limathon have a small but highly specialised technical team, numbering just three people, all managers. This team have done everything there is to do with BLIPS and BILAG assessments. This team designed the software, they wrote the code, they tested and validated the software. They developed the hardware systems, they tested them, they benchmarked them. This team of three have, between them, 40 years experience in BLIPS and 35 years experience of using it in clincal trials. They are all qualified in IT Service Delivery, and/or Project Management. When you call or send an email to our TechSupport, all three managers will see the email. The Technical Support Manager will own any issue and will provide resolution. The other two managers will be engaged as necessary. The point is, we dont use a call centre, you wont converse with a call logger, it wont be passed to somebody else, whatever the issue you have raised, your email has gone directly to the person who knows the answer, or can investigate it for you.  For the more clincal questions, where necesssary, we have a direct line to all the professors in BILAG. Our team work everyday with BLIPS. When you choose to work with ADS-Limathon, you dont get third party support, you get three extra members in your team. We are certain that you will not obtain this level of support anywhere else.

 

BLIPS Training

ADS-Limathon provide online training courses and exams in the BLIPS Certify module. This contains by default :

  • BLIPS training for Data Entry staff
  • Clinical Assessment training for Investigators
  • Data Quality Training for CRA's and Study Managers
  • User Manager Training for Study Administrators.
  • Each of the above provide a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.
  • Additionally there are two multiple choice tests for Investigators and/or Data Entry staff
  • These tests must be passed in order to activate the site, and for the users to gain permissions in the system
  • Additional  training for the study may be added to Certify, or bespoke training designed for inclusion.

We recognise that can be very difficult to request clinicians to undergo 'training'. These people are genuine experts in their field and may even have been using the assessments, or even the BLIPS software for years. However, the object of the training is not necessarilly to increase their learning, but to standardise their understandings and processes. Many Lupus Assessments have specific nuances, which can be addressed in different ways, others have been changed over the years and multiple versions are in circulation.  Most users will have had some kind of training from somebody along the way. In clinical trials it is important to ensure that everybody follows the same proceeses, the same guidelines, and the same glossaries - this is called standardisation. Lastly, it is important for clinical studies to show that their clinicians have undergone training and  standardisation. We apologise in advance if you need to take the training again for another study !