Below follows a list of the most important features
(To see all Upcoming features, to suggest new or vote up suggested features go to Feedback)
Facilitated authoring process
How to write a guideline with good quality content efficiently?
We are constantly gaining more knowledge of how good design and intuitive layout can facilitate the production of high quality content. This has been one of our main focus from day one. Wheter it's putting in your references into the reference manager, writing or coding your PICO questions, doing GRADE quality assessment or writing the recommendations, we belive a good design and user inreface can be both time saving and increase the quality of the content.
When your content is ready for publishing you can chose to publish on our platform, taking advantage of our multilayered user interface, mobile applications, internal search and link-out features. Publishing includes different types of updates (minor/ major) and has a fully accessable version history You can also chose to export the content to your own content management system. Content can be exported as JSON, PDF or directly through our API.
In any case the content and it's versions will always be safe with us.
Our publishing platform has an inherent mobile application features, which makes all content usable on all mobile platforms through mobile browsers. The user interface on mobile is tailored to screen size so it will fit all types of mobile devices.
Users accessing a Guideline or Evidence summary from a mobile device will be prompted to download a shortcut app-icon to their mobile screen which will act and feel like a normal app. This way the app is always up to date and will contain the newest improvements without the need for reinstall. It is also free to use of course.
Well planned data structure
From the start we have put a lot of effort into having a good datastructure with proper relationships between the different structures.
We regard guidelines as mere containers of recommendations, and that all things need an unique ID to be able to see relationships between structures, link out to other systems, see a full audit trail and move into the world of linked data. We have therefor placed all content in the magicapp in under these principles, which allows you to link to, use or extract, every piece of information as it's own entity.
A new type of Guideline - EMR integration
We base our integration with electronic medical records (EMRs) on APIs and the guidelines offering structured data to the data systems. This will improve the user experience and usability of both guidelines and EMRs, without the dependencies of normal integrations. Once the integration is set up by the EMRs (in any level of complexity they see fit) it can be used for all guidelines and content. This way of doing integration also ensure that content is always up to date without the need for any reinstallments or adjustments.
Having structured content in the recommendations makes the EMR system know more about an activated clinical question and can offer the clinician services around this.The codes and structured content of a recommendation to be put to use by the EMR system, like using the drug codes to offer one-click placement of drugs in the patients medication chart, or look for all instances of a given condition.
We match patients with recommendations, not guidelines
This is very much related to having a good data structure and the possibility of direct EMR integration, but we think it is important enough to mention as a separate issue. Patients do not match whole guidelines, they match multiple recommendations from multiple guidelines. This becomes even more relevant when we try to manage patients with co-morbidities.
Having a well planned datastructure makes this possible, which is why we care so much about this issue.
Automatic production of decision aids, and all the ideas, findings and results
from the SHARE-IT study is built into magicapp, ready for anyone to use as soon as new knowledge is gained.
The decision aids we develop and research in MAGIC are meant to facilitate conversations of benefits, harms and values between clinicians and patients, having graphical interfaces of the effect estimates underlaying a recommendation.
The data in the evidence profiles are being reused for the decision aids, something that underpins the point of having a well planned data structure
Globalizing evidence, localizing recommendations
We belive a lot of effort could be spared by adaptation of content. If somebody has done a very good job with evidence collecting and summarizing it seems ridiculous to duplicate that effort if developers are willing to share. Although evidence in most instances are global, recommendations often need local adaptation- due to culture, values, resources and availability.
The rest of our feature list
- Flexible Table of contents with sections, sub-sections, sub-sub sections
- Structured reference manager with structured content including PubmedID, DOI, Citation, Abstract, shortname
- One-click to add new sections, references, PICOs and recommendations
- Drag and drop to arrange and rearrange your content
- Background text: Possibility to include background text with it's own table of contents with clickable links, in all sections and sub sections.
- Structured PICOs: Define your PICO using freetext and codes from various ontologies
- Develop your evidence profiles with dicotomous outcomes, continous outcomes and Practical consequenses
- Link studies/references directly to effect estimates in the evidence profile. This way you and your users will know where all the numbers are taken from. The Evidence profiles become more transparent and it is easer to update and adapt
- Upload RevMan files as references, link other types of files to your references
- Import outcomes directly from your RevMan files
- Do a GRADE quality assessment of all outcomes. State your confidence in your effect estimates using the GRADE system
- Get contextual GRADE help while writing the evidence profile and doing the quality assessment
- Write an evidence summary for each PICO
- Get evidence feeds: get information about new studies or updates in the field, for each PICO. This is an upcoming feature set, tested through the DYNAM-IT project and our linked PICO work, and will include information from various sources like Epistemonikos, McMaster plus, Dynamed, EBMeDS and BMJ
- Epistemonikos matrix: Link out to a Epistemonikos matrix for each outcome (expected january 2014). An Epistemonikos matrix connects your current included studies with related studies and reviews. This way you can monitor the evidence, but also see if there are related information you have missed through your searches.
- Link PICOs directly to recommendation:. Any number of PICOs can be used for one recommendation. One PICO can be used for many recommendations
- Write Key information, rationale and practical information as free text, but induvidual structured content
- Write Recommendation with possibility to add headers and remarks
- Set strength of recommendation
- Confidence in Key information benefits: Set the level your confidence that the four individual key information factors will bring benefit to the patients.
- Navigation and guideline process help: Get contexual navigation and guideline process help (expected january 2014)
- Collaboration features, with adding an unlimited amount of collaborators for your guideline/evidence summary, including admins, authors and viewers
- Full audit trail and an activity log where you can see who has done what, and when
- An API which facilitates export of content in various forms and use of the guideline platform with and within other systems
- See a list of all public guidelines
- See a list of all evidence summaries, evidence profiles and recommendations (expected january 2014)
- Sort the lists on content you are involved with, either as an author, viewer or admin
- Offline: Set any type of content offline, so that it is available for view when you are not online (expected december 2014)
- Chose your language and the guideline language, we have currently 8 languges and 2 upcoming: English, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, German, French, Arabic (Danish and Chinese is upcoming, we would like more too. Contact us if you want to help)
- Integrations: Planned and upcoming integrations with other great projects, GRADE tools and technology that promotes evidence based practice, like: Covidence, EROS, Epistemonikos, EBMeDS, GDT/GradePro, McMaster plus, Cochrane linked data, Dr.Evidence and more
Main upcoming features
- Improved pdf exporter
- Offline editing (not just view)
- Features to allow easy adaptation of existing material
- Internal search engine
- Improved Help-features
- Allow multiple comparison tables
- Control panel for administrators, including layout settings, version control, publishing settings and data about use, progress and development