# FAQ

# What is dot.base?

dot.base is a electronic health record system (opens new window) build for clinicians and researchers. It was developed to record complex patient data intuitively while always maintaining a machine-readable format. Find out more under Overview.

# Why should I use dot.base as a clinician?

In the clinician's everyday work, software and documentation are usually rather a hindrance than assistance in their work.
This is especially frustrating because, in other areas, software often simplifies things for us.
dot.base stems from exactly this experience. It is developed by an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, and software engineers.
Because everybody's routine and every patient interaction is different, dot.base provides a high degree of flexibility and customizability.

Another frustrating thing is that we document so much, but have a hard time evaluating it because it is unformatted, illegible, spread out, and/or not machine-readable. That's why dot.base is based on FHIR, which ensures a high level of interoperability and a machine-readable dataset. Find out more about FHIR in English (opens new window) or in German (opens new window).

# Why should I use dot.base as a researcher?

Valuable data is constantly being generated in the routine treatment of patients. Most times, especially in complex scenarios (e.g. deep brain stimulation), this data is not stored in an analyzable format. If an evaluation of this data is planned, it often has to be done manually. At the same time, there are often major problems with contemporary data protection, especially concerning the separation of identifying, clinical, and study data.

dot.base is developed in a large research group to solve exactly these problems. To the person entering data in their routine care, a high degree of customizability is offered, but this structuring is always mirrored on the data level in order to keep it analyzable. We store everything in FHIR and there is a lot of documentation on how to use FHIR with R, Phyton, SPSS & SAS.

Find out more about our research and how we use dot.base to capture highly complex data in routine care under movebase.de (opens new window).

# Why should I use dot.base as a developer?

First, we are thrilled that you're thinking about working on dot.base. It is free, mostly open-source, is used daily in clinics, uses a modern software stack, and software engineers and researching clinicians have an equal say in the development.

This ensures:

  • an unrestricted adaptability to your requirements in comparison to proprietary software.
  • solving a real need compared to purely technically impressive software developed only by software engineers.
  • a technically clean and solid construct from the ground up compared to software thought out only by clinicians.

dot.base is actively maintained by a core team at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (opens new window).

# What is the difference between dot.base and REDCap?

REDCap (opens new window) (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a software designed for research databases. It is available at no charge to institutional partners, but REDCap is not open-source. We believe REDCap is a highly valuable tool for capturing data in clinical studies and trials as an electronic Case Report Form (eCRF).

dot.base is an electronic health record system, build for use in the daily clinical routine.
While recording study data within dot.base is possible, it is not an eCRF.
If you are recording study data without any need for data from the clinical routine we recommend REDCap.

# What is the difference between dot.base and a hospital information system (e.g. i.s.h.med, Orbis)?

Hospital information systems (HIS) are systems designed to manage most healthcare-related data in a hospital. This includes collecting, storing, and transmitting patient's medical records, but also hospital operational functions such as scheduling functions (e.g., operations, etc.), bed management, human resource management, and financial stuff (analytics, billing). There are several HIS commercially available, for example, i.s.h.med or Orbis.

dot.base is an electronic health record system, build to record well-structured medical data from routine care in a more convenient way. While commercially available HIS are good at managing global medical entities like lab tests or medication schedules, the strength of dot.base lies in the highly specialized medicine. It can be integrated into an existing hospital information system.

# How do I export my data from dot.base?

dot.base is using FHIR to store all data.
Exporting data is therefore pretty easy.
See here for further information on exporting from FHIR-Servers.

# How do I pronounce dot.base?

[dɒt beɪs]. The dot in the middle of the word is meant to be silent. And "dot" is an ellipsis for your medical specialty. For our first use case - movement disorders - we called it move.base. But think of stroke.base, spine.base, nyha.base, rhythm.base, hepa.base...

# How do I write dot.base?

Just "dot.base". When used in code or other environments, where "." has another function use a dash "-" -> "dot-base".

# Can I get commercial support?

We are not a company but plan to offer support for implementing dot.base into your environment. Just contact us at movebase [at] charite.de

# What's on the dot.base roadmap?

At the moment primarily to further develop and maintain dot.base at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (opens new window)

# How can I get involved?

First off, thank you for considering contributing to dot.base! It's people like you that make dot.base a great project. You can contribute to dot.base in many different ways. From extending the documentation, writing user stories, and bug reports, or writing code to enhance the project itself. See contributing