Monday, March 29, 2021

Spiral donates Chromebooks to help UK students during COVID-19 lockdowns

It’s been over a year since COVID-19 struck the world, and at Spiral we continue to think about the impact it has on our most vulnerable people – and not just in a clinical context. 

With many schools around the world in lockdown, students are expected to learn from home with online lessons. But what happens when a family doesn’t have a device? Or just one device to share between children? 

With this in mind, Spiral recently donated four new HP Chromebooks to Grange First Primary School in the UK. They’re a low decile school in one of the more economically challenged parts of London, and while the government had provided some Chromebooks to assist at-home learning, they were still short. That meant children were having to join lessons from their parent’s phone, or in families with more than one sibling, share devices. This often meant that one or more siblings simply didn’t get to do lessons that day. 





Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Stew Duff, who makes what we do at Spiral technically possible

He’s not a researcher signing up patients for life-saving clinical trials – but he does determine eligibility.

He’s not a doctor, or a nurse, seeing patients and delivering recovery results – but he does do patient follow-ups and reporting. 

He’s not on the front-lines, but he is helping to save lives from the back end.

 Meet Stew, one of our Developers »

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Application barnacle scraping


Our developers have been engaged in "barnacle scraping" this week. 


Like the hull of a ship, software needs to go through periodic barnacle scraping, especially when we are making lots of changes and adaptations. Adapting our software platform for COVID research studies has pretty much become the norm for us. All those adaptations leave "barnacles" or little extras which are extraneous to the functioning of the platform and can slow things down. 

We can do all this while the software application continues to run so carry on as usual.  The changes we have been making will improve performance, speed up response times and make things smoother for you.

Thank you for your comments and feedback. 

 

Friday, January 01, 2021

Happy New Year 2021

 


This past year has been one for the record books! We just want to say how grateful we are for your support and we’re wishing you all the best as we enter a brand new year.

Head on over to our blog to find out what we are up to »