Rayyan, a data analytics system developed in Qatar that automates the process of available research reviews, is now being used widely by medical professionals.
The app helps them decide on health guidelines and support evidence-based medicine.
The app is free and can be accessed via web or mobile platforms. It was developed by Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).
“Rayyan is changing the way systematic reviews are produced and is dramatically reducing the time it takes for producing systematic reviews for a large number of users around the world,” Dr. Mourad Ouzzani, principal scientist for data analytics, QCRI, said. “By automating the production of systematic reviews, Rayyan is expediting the availability of current best evidence for policy and clinical decision-making.”
Scientists mostly use costly and time-consuming methods to handle reviewing available research. Oftentimes, the method involves a few employees sifting through thousand of medical journals over the course of a year. But Rayyan vastly speeds up the process.
The app developers plan to increase its user base in Qatar.
“We have few users from Qatar, exactly 12, the two more prominent are from the Primary Health Care Corporation,” Ouzzani said. “We hope to grow further by reaching out to Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra, QBRI, Qatar University, Qatar National Library and the private health care practices interested in research.”