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January 2016

Update on the new upgrade

We are hoping to get the latest upgrade out by the end of February.  There are a number of changes, including:

  • Homepage design has been changed radically and it looks lovely.
  • Results page has been tidied up and functional items grouped together.  This is not a radical change, more a subtle one.
  • We’ll be adding three new types of data: regulatory guidance, ongoing systematic reviews and overdiagnosis/overtreatment.
  • As part of the analysis of the way users used the site we are promoting the clinical areas feature (refining results by areas such as cardiology, primary care) to make it more usable.
  • Drug information. The main reason people use Trip is to answer clinical questions to help support clinical practice.  One thing that we don’t do is offer drug information support (e.g. dosage, contraindications, adverse events) but we will be doing with the new design.  It’ll help make Trip much more of a Point-of-Care tool.
  • Broken links improvement.  We have a really crude system for updating broken links, but by the end of February it’ll be much improved.  While we’ll not be able to guarantee no broken links, the issue will become less relevant over time!
  • Improved demarcation of free versus premium – currently premium members can find it difficult to know if they’ve actually got premium.  The new design should help with that!
  • We’re going to be re-naming ‘Trip Premium’ to ‘Trip Pro’!

Finally, we’re also working on an answer engine, a mythical feature I’ve been talking about for years.  We are making real strides in this direction.  While it won’t be ready for the end of February to be fully integrated in the site it might well appear in the ‘Labs’ section of the site – for people to try.

Diabetes in 2015

We had a huge number of searches for diabetes in 2015, far too many for us to analyse easily.  But, I wanted to explore the topic – it’s one of our most popular searches.

To keep things manageable I have analyses situations where a user has performed any search that contains the term diabetes and has then restricted the results to a specific clinical area, in this case cardiology, primary care and psychiatry.  The results are below.  It’s fascinating to see the differences between the images as it gives an insight – perhaps nothing more – into the intentions of users.  For instance:

  • In the psychiatry screenshot the term mellitus is much more prominent
  • In primary care they like the word management.
  • For cardiology, not surprisingly hypertension is prominent, but then so is children (more so than primary care) – which I find more surprising

Searches for diabetes and restricted to cardiology

Searches for diabetes and restricted to primary care

Searches for diabetes and restricted to psychiatry

Looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016

I’ve already posted a breakdown of stats for the site (see 2015 in numbers).  The highlights for me are:

  • 3,700,000 – page views
  • 900,000 – individual sessions spent on the site
  • 650,000 – number of users of the site
  • 4,560,603 – number of minutes spent on the site
  • 350 – mentions in journal articles
  • 881,280 – number of times Trip helped improve patient care in 2015

Apart from our continued impact on health care related to search we made large strides towards financial security with the launch, in May, of the Freemium business model.  Uptake has exceeded our expectations with a significant increase in income.  However, we are far from secure, so any suggestions around additional income streams and/or sponsorship opportunities – I’m all ears!

The one slight mistake we made, in moving to Freemium, was to insist on users logging in to use Trip, which resulted in a significant user backlash.  We listened and removed that ‘feature’ and that resulted in a large increase in usage towards the end of the year.

We’ve been making some great progress in relation to our work around clickstream data.  For instance:

A new site, was launched to help separate out the Trip related content (on this blog) from the content related to rapid/systematic reviews.  Talking of which, my post ‘A critique of the Cochrane Collaboration‘ reached over 20,000 views last year.

As part of our work with the EU-funded KConnect project we introduced some very nicely integrated multi-lingual search function.  It’s currently restricted to French, German and Czech but more languages will come online in 2016 including Spanish.

But what else can we expect in 2016?:

  • A big announcement around our freemium business model in the next week or so.
  • A significant redesign of the site, hopefully ready by February.
  • A first draft of our answer engine concept which is looking really exciting.
  • Further work on rapid reviews including working on understanding important regulatory data and improvements to the Trip Rapid Review system.
  • The rollout of a new system to help cope with broken links.
  • Further development, related to our clickstream data, around analytics and insights e.g. A new analytic ‘toy’ and Searching for hypertension.

Running Trip is full of interest, lots of excitement and helping support care with high-quality evidence across the globe is the icing on the cake.  One thing I’d like to see this year, apart form continuing financial security, is to have a greater academic presence/impact.  I’m not even sure why, I think I’d just enjoy it (based on interactions over the last few years).

I will sign off now and wish you all a happy 2016.

2015 in numbers

Some statistics from 2015

  • 3,700,000 – page views, up slightly on 2014
  • 900,000 – individual sessions spent on the site
  • 18% – increase in users in November and December compared with 2014. I can only assume this was down to our removal of the requirement to sign-in to use Trip!
  • 650,000 – number of users of the site
  • 4,560,603 – number of minutes spent on the site
  • 76,010 – hours spent on the site
  • 178,000 – number of most recent registered user.  This suggests the actual number of registered users is 142-160,000 registered users.  This represents an increase of nearly 40,000 last year
  • 350 – mentions in articles
  • 83% – users accessing the site via a desktop computer (mobile 11% and tablet 6%)
  • 46% – users accessing the site with Chrome, the most popular browser (IE 20% and Safari 16%)
  • 22% – users from the USA followed by UK 13%, Spain 8%, Canada 5% and Australia 4%

The above figures are based on users actively coming to the website and does not include an increasing large number of people searching Trip via our webservice. So, if we assume an average of 2 searches per session and assume 20% of the searches coming via webservice (obviously the assumptions makes accuracy problematic) that equates to 2,160,000 searches in 2015. From previous analysis we have estimated that 40.8% of searches help improve patient care.  Therefore, probably the most important statistic of the lot:

881,280 – number of times Trip helped improve patient care in 2015.

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