NHS DigiTrials is made up of 4 services that support clinical trials:
- Feasibility Service: Works out if there are enough suitable people in England to take part in a particular trial but does not identify individuals
- Recruitment Service: Uses patient information to identify people who might be suitable for a certain trial – and contacts them to see if they would like to take part
- Communication Service: Keeps trial volunteers, who have consented to receive this information, updated about the progress and results of their trial
- Outcomes Service: Uses patient information for a period of time (agreed with the trial organisation) to show the long-term impact of treatments
Recently, NHS DigiTrials has released a new and improved version of its feasibility tool, which now enables researchers to determine if there are enough suitable people for their clinical trials in a matter of minutes. Researchers can run queries using filters such as disease diagnoses, hospital interventions, and primary care medicines, within a secure environment.
NHS DigiTrials is also continuing to develop other services to help trialists communicate with their participants and use routine healthcare data to follow-up their cohort.