Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) sought a new online portal that would simplify the complex process of writing research study protocols. Users needed to be able to upload tables and charts, as well as references, footnotes and other dynamic text elements – often from a hospital environments with limited or no internet access – and to easily export documents for submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
We began by creating a new Protocol Builder website in Drupal, a powerful content management system (CMS) ideal for complex publishing requirements. We also developed a custom iOS app for users on iPads. From the desktop site or the iOS application, users can seamlessly write, manage and invite stakeholders to edit and review medical protocols, with or without an internet connection.
The system enables users to upload images, Excel charts and PDF documents for insertion, and includes tools for adding dynamic references, footnotes, definitions and abbreviation tables. Users can track revisions, make comments, import references into a master library and output a formatted Word doc or PDF with an automated Table of Contents and revision history for easy IRB submission.
Hospitals and universities now use Protocol Builder to create custom landing pages with IP based restricted access for self-registration of users, including a client based user management and reporting dashboard. Documents created in Protocol Builder meet IRB and regulatory standards, supporting BRANY’s goal of providing hospitals and medical schools IRB and clinical research support service.