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BLIPS Goes Worldwide

Lupus Assessment Software Release by ADS-Limathon Ltd

August 2001

The Spring of 2000 saw the launch of ADS-Limathon’s first clinical research database. The British Lupus Integrated Prospective System, or BLIPS as it is known, was launched to a host of worldwide Lupus researchers. The product was the result of four years collaboration between British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) and ADS.  Since the Eighties, the BILAG group has been monitoring thousands of patients with the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Many authoritative clinical papers have emanated from the group and they have documented a complex index for assessing and controlling the disease. For ADS, the project started out in 1996 as a simple data migration of a legacy BILAG database into MS Access 2.0. Such is the power of Access, it ended up four years later as a highly sought after tool for Lupus researchers worldwide.

BLIPS Version One was released exclusively to the Bilag group in 1998 as a direct replacement for their old DOS BILAG database. It included a completely new GUI interface for the Bilag index – monitoring of eight clinical systems – mucocutaneous, immunological, vascular, haematological, cardiovascular, biochemical neurological, musculoskeletal, and added new functionality recording of medication drugs and laboratory results.

Version Two in 1999 added two further internationally recognised indices – SLICC and SF36. Graphing of results was introduced to the functionality, and the product became a network client-server application.

Version 3.0 was finally released worldwide in 2000. This added two more indices, SLAM-R and Selena Sledai. It was recoded in Access 97 and a 100-page user guide and helptext were added. 

Version 3.06 was released in July 2001. Existing users obtained a free upgrade to this version on-line. This version added further graphing capability and changes to Renal scoring.

BLIPS Version 3.08 was released in October 2001. Existing users can obtain a free upgrade to this version on-line. This version added improved Export facilities and date-stamp on file names.

BLIPS 3.0 is now in use in major universities and hospitals throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Canada and as far a field as the Philippines, Korea, and Australia. Already it is being used by one US pharmaceutical company for a clinical drug trial.  


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