A Newsletter for: Clinical Research Environmental Data Information Tracking:                            August, 2006 : Issue XLVII

 DDOTSTM 1997-2006   Navigator

Translating Technology to Improve Patient Outcomes, Enhance Quality, and Reduce Costs

Navigation Tool Speeds Up Data Location

Save Site Locations for Fast Revisit and Ease of Navigation

One of the most difficult things to learn about a new system is how to “Navigate” through all the different pages to find the information users are looking for.  CREDIT© and it’s sister systems (IDEA and IRBANA) have a tool that helps staff revisit previously viewed data pages.  The name of this tool is the “Navigation Man”, and the right to use it needs to be earned.

That is correct: earned.  During the extensive 2 day on-site training provided with each system, staff are taught to navigate to various pages the conventional way: use the Search to locate and open the Patient or Study page desired.  This process is important because the complete familiarization of the page references to each other help staff organize their future navigation.  However, once staff has logged 50 hours in the system, a new icon appears on the top of most pages.  This icon is the navigation button, “Nav”.  By clicking on the link, staff can “save” where they currently are in the system.  Later on, they can open up the Navigation module and click on the many links inside to immediately propel them through all intermediate pages directly to the page they need to visit.

An unlimited number of links can be stored in the Navigation System, and they are staff specific, meaning each staff has their own private links to use.  And, links can easily be deleted and replaced.

When the “Nav” button is clicked, a popup window appears that allows for saving the current location or immediately navigating to some other data location.  In the example to the right, one click takes the user to the Patient Demographic page for a specific patient.  Optionally, one click launches the patient protocol page for the specific staff.

”Nav”, saving staff time for the more important tasks of the day!


Many  Pages have the “Nav” Button Available

The upper right corner of this page has the “Nav” button for linking to other pages within the system.



Navigation Links Reside in Popup Window


An unlimited number of links can be stored.  Here we are offered to store the location of P-2.  Other saved links are listed and available for clicking and immediate navigation to the selected page.




Clicking on the Link to this Patient Demographic Page

CapWhenever the Navigation Link is clicked, the entire listing of saved locations is presented.  This is much like a browser “Favorites”, but much more powerful.  The web site remembers every detail of how the original navigation occurred.  For instance, it remembered the institution and the associated protocols.  As shown above, staff clicked on the link to this Patient Demographic page while on the Protocol P-2 page.  Immediately the navigation was to this patient page.


Click on the Nav Link Illustrated Below for Patient Protocol


The link noted above results in navigation to this patient’s protocol page for calendar review and IRB forms retrieval.  Even Height, Weight, and BSA can be calculated and saved from this page.  Patient event calendars are also available in a variety of formats, including the traditional monthly layout.



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The DDOTS Navigator is published to introduce news that has occurred in the ongoing development of Cancer Research Environmental Data Information Tracking (CREDIT)..


Since 1995 CREDIT© has been in constant growth.  May of 2006, marked the 11th anniversary of this powerful system.  Installed at sites across the country, CREDIT© is the leader in Collaborative Clinical Research Administration.

Web Demonstrations Available On-Line at No Cost to Staff!

Probably the easiest way for interested staff to see CREDIT is to have an On-Line demonstration.  This is accomplished by contacting technical support at DDOTS by phone or email to: demo@ddots.com  Plan on about an hour when staff can assemble around a computer or, better yet, in a conference room where a projection system can display the demonstration.

At the agreed upon time, a representative from DDOTS will call your selected station on the phone for the audio portion of the presentation.

Advanced planning is the key to the demonstration.  Make a list of important elements that staff needs to see.  Be sure to forward the list to DDOTS about a week before the demonstration is to occur.  All elements from the list will be incorporated into the presentation.