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Feature Release: January 2023

Caz Gottlieb

1.23.2023

After months of collaboration with physicians and researchers, I am thrilled to announce the release of a new set of features designed to help you find, synthesize, and contextualize peer-reviewed scientific literature, beginning in health and the life sciences.

These features include:

  • Summaries of the science
  • Aggregated forest plots
  • Evidence filters (by population)
  • Direct links to source studies
  • Transparent data and methods

Eventually, some subset of these new features will be paid; we’re still considering our long-term sustainability plan. But for now, they’re free and open to everyone.

We invite you to sign up here.

Identifying the problem

The volume of research that doctors and researchers are expected to stay on top of is growing each day — according to one recent study, the corpus of scientific literature doubles every 17 years — but the tools they use to navigate it aren’t keeping up.

In our conversations, three key needs emerged:

  • Understanding the scientific landscape quickly: is there agreement or not? 
  • Refining search results to their specific patient or project population
  • Breaking down silos to discover relevant evidence they didn’t know to look for

These are each hard problems to tackle in their own right. But with the help of AI and a team of passionate individuals, many of whom come from the research world, we’ve taken a first pass at making the findings of peer-reviewed research more accessible than ever.

Here’s where we landed.

Reimagining search for science

Imagine that you’re working on a research plan or making a clinical recommendation to a patient. You visit System to search for your topic of interest, say type 2 diabetes. You see (literally see, as a visual) the hundreds of statistical relationships that have been studied in the scientific community — and you discover ones you never knew about, like how education level affects type 2 diabetes.

Zooming into that relationship, you see a summary of the evidence. You filter by key data points like the sex of the population, the sample size of the studies, and of course trusted journals and recency. But you still want more detail, so you dig into each piece of evidence to get your hands on the source material for investigation on your own.

This is the vision we’re bringing to life, starting with this release. For researchers, System will help you advance your work and see the edges of what we know; for doctors, it will give you the insights you need to deliver optimal care. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re determined to help you leverage the ever-growing corpus of scientific knowledge. 

Stay tuned for more new features to come and our expansion to other fields and professions in the future. For now, sign up to start digging into the science — and as always, let us know what you think.

Release Notes