About the Carebox COVID-19 Clinical Trials Web Site2020-10-15T09:52:04-04:00
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About the COVID-19 Clinical Trials Web Site

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In view of the COVID-19 (aka “Coronavirus”) pandemic, Carebox is making available a web site for anyone interested in searching for or researching clinical trials for new vaccines and therapies to treat COVID-19, reduce its side effects, or prevent infection.

This COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site showcases some of the capabilities of our Patient Connect and Carebox Clinical Trial Network solutions offerings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Carebox COVID-19 Clinical Trials Web Site?2020-10-14T16:40:27-04:00

The Carebox COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site is for anyone around the world (including “healthy volunteers”) interested in exploring clinical trials of new vaccines and therapies to treat COVID-19, reduce its side effects, or prevent infection.

 

What can I do on the COVID-19 Clinical Trials Web Site?2020-10-14T17:16:05-04:00

You don’t need to be a medical professional or clinical trial expert to search for clinical trials or to benefit from the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site.

The three core functionalities on the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site are:

  • Browse the full database of COVID-19 clinical trials with full search capabilities – including filtering based on eligibility criteria of the trials
  • Match to open, enrolling COVID-19 clinical trials by having the web site compare your answer to a few questions with the eligibility criteria of studies looking for participants
  • Learn more about COVID-19 research options and how to get in touch with a study team

The Browse page lets you view all open studies around the world. We offer advanced clinical filters, location filtering, and eligibility criteria filtering. This filtering is intended primarily for physicians, researchers, or advanced users.

The Match function presents you with a handful of questions and compares your answers with the published eligibility criteria of every study open for enrollment. Your preliminary match results are displayed immediately along with the locations and contact information. You can then filter and sort your match results with the same filters available when browsing. Note that every trial will have addition eligibility criteria and only a trial site can offer you enrollment in a study.

Clicking on any trial in the Browse or Match Results screen shows more trial details and includes a map (or table) of the trial site locations and contact information to get in touch with the study team at that location.

How does the clinical trial matching work?2020-10-14T16:55:20-04:00

Whether you use the eligibility criteria filters in Browse mode or answer the questions in Match mode, your selections/answers are compared to the published eligibility criteria of every study open for enrollment.

The trials you see are “preliminary matches” that you are pre-screened to match, and it’s important to note that every trial will have addition eligibility criteria to discuss with you.  Only a trial site can offer you enrollment in a study.

Every clinical trial has eligibility criteria that determines who can and can’t participate in that clinical trial. Our medical data team, led by microbiology researcher Rob Rutigliano, PhD, uses advanced technology tools such as artificial intelligence and process automation to continuously curate all of the COVID-19 clinical trials and extract key eligibility criteria so that you can search hundreds of studies in a few seconds.  The means you don’t have to wade through hundreds of clinical trial summaries written for medical researchers.

COVID-19 clinical trial eligibility criteria will evolve over time as researchers race to find treatments and cures.  Our matching system will evolve with them to keep you updated on the latest options.  Every day, we curate thousands of clinical trials across many disease areas and convert these “unstructured” eligibility criteria into a searchable database.

We also offer solutions using APIs that allow our matching engine to be integrated into point-of-care physician solutions such as EHRs and Precision Medicine software.

What happens when I match to a clinical trial?2020-10-14T16:55:10-04:00

Matching to a trial is an anonymous activity that you do on the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site.  If you would like to learn more about a study to which you are a preliminary match, we encourage you to contact the closest study team.  Note that every trial will have addition eligibility criteria to discuss with you.  Only a trial site can offer you enrollment in a study.

To get in touch with a trial site near you , click on the “Sites & Contacts” link to see the site contact information published for that study.  Please be mindful that COVID-19 researchers are very busy and may take some time to respond to your inquiry.

Rest assured that you are never required to enroll in a clinical trial and you are never required to stay in a clinical trial even if you enroll.

How does the COVID-19 Clinical Trials website use my data?2020-10-14T17:14:40-04:00

Use of the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site is anonymous. We do not store your IP address. If you enter a location to sort trials by distance from the nearest trial site we do not store that location.

We do use cookies and Google Analytics to track the use of the web site in aggregate.

We do store questionnaire answers and usage metrics (such as how much time is spent on each question, how many times “not sure” is used in the answer to a question, which filters are used, etc.) for use in aggregate to improve the web site and our matching engine. However, that data is not associated with your IP address or anything else that could be used to connect the questionnaire answer to you.

We may in the future allow researchers to access aggregate data reflecting how the public is searching for COVID-19 based on questionnaire responses, filter use, etc.

Additional information can be found in our privacy policy.

I don’t know much about clinical trials. Where can I learn more?2020-10-14T17:15:40-04:00

There are many excellent resources on the Internet to quickly get introduce to the world of clinical trials. One of our partners in the Carebox Clinical Trial Network, is Stand Up to Cancer. We recommend their “How Clinical Trials Work” page as a good introduction about the basics of clinical trials. Although Stand Up to Cancer is naturally focused on cancer clinical trials, this information is relevant to all clinical trials.

By the way, if you or someone you know has cancer, you can also take advantage of the clinical trial navigation service offered by Stand Up to Cancer to provide personal support by phone or email in searching for cancer clinical trials. To do that, use the form on the “How Clinical Trials Work” page to request to be contacted by a clinical trial navigator. This clinical trial navigation service is also powered by Carebox!

 

 

Where does the data about COVID-19 clinical trials come from?2020-10-14T17:15:50-04:00

The underlying clinical trial information on the web site is sourced from and synchronized with ClinicalTrials.gov, multiple times per day. ClinicalTrials.gov is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the United States government and is considered, globally, to be one of the most authoritative data repositories of clinical trial information.

Beyond ClinicalTrials.gov data, Carebox leverages automated, AI-powered, and human-supervised data curation that enhances the database to enable additional capabilities of the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site (and our trial database in general for all health conditions), such as questionnaire-based matching to trials or the ability to filter studies by study modality.

Is the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site available in languages other than English?2020-10-14T17:15:18-04:00

Right now, the COVID-19 Clinical Trials web site is available only in English.

We do have several multi-lingual solutions in use by our Patient Connect and Carebox Clinical Trial Network partners. For example, Bristol Myers Squibb Study Connect which uses our matching engine and questionnaires, supports over 10 languages. Boehringer-Ingelheim’s MyStudyWindow for which we develop and host the entire web site support multiple languages including Japanese and Chinese.

Based on interest and feedback from the public, we will look to add support for additional languages. If you’d like to assist with the translation and/or review of this site into another language, please reach contact us.

Who is Carebox?2020-10-14T17:14:24-04:00

Carebox is a patient-centric healthcare and life sciences software company focused on connecting patients and doctors to clinical trials. You can learn more by browsing this web site.

If you visit web sites of some of our partners/customers, you may see references to EmergingMed. EmergingMed, founded in 2000 by Courtney Hudson, pioneered and subsequently evolved the world’s best and most patient-centric approach to connecting patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to clinical trials. Over the years, EmergingMed partnered with hundreds of patient advocacy groups, pharma companies, providers and research sites, and others to provide clinical trial navigation services for hundreds of thousands of patients and families. Brian Weiss, a senior CRM and healthcare IT company executive for many years, founded Carebox in 2014.

Brian and Courtney combined EmergingMed and Carebox in 2016 and we are transitioning to exclusive use of the “Carebox” brand.

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