ACT How-To Resources & Training

The resources below provide an overview for using ACT.

More videos and tutorials are coming, so please check this page for updates.

Tutorials and Tips

These tutorials offer a quick-start guide to using the ACT Network, and tips for ACT users.

Coming soon: updated video tutorials compatible with SHRINE 3.1.

Getting Oriented to ACT

3.5min - This video is part 1 of a 3-part quick-start series, and presents the key elements of the ACT 2020 web client, and how to register and use ACT for the first time.

ACT legacy (pre-2020) web client - download the PDF

Running ACT Queries

2min - Part 2 of the quick-start series details a step-by-step process for running queries in the ACT 2020 web client.

ACT legacy (pre-2020) web client - download the PDF

Interpreting and Using ACT Query Results

2.5min - In part 3 of the quick-start series, this video provides more information about the data included in ACT, and ways this data can be used in the ACT 2020 web client to explore cohorts, validate feasibility, and identify potential sites for collaboration.

ACT legacy (pre-2020) web client - download the PDF

Understanding the ACT Data Structure

3.5min - This video provides an overview of how data is structured and managed in the ACT Network.

Download the PDF

Using Informatics Tools for Clinical Study Design and Feasibility Assessment: Taking a Structured Approach

6min - Clinical informatics tools are an invaluable resource to help investigators identify patient populations of interest, iterate and refine study eligibility criteria, prepare for study design/biostatistics consults, assess potential partner sites for multi-site studies and make data-driven decisions about joining existing trials. This video provides a structured approach to finding the right tool for the right job, and using it in a strategic, goal-directed way.


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Real-World Data at Your Fingertips: The Value of Clinical Informatics for Cohort Discovery and Study Design

3min – Learn how tools like the ACT Network can help researchers do their jobs more effectively.

Use Clinical Informatics Tools Quickly and Effectively

2min - So you’re new to the ACT Network. Or maybe you’ve been using it for a while but still have some questions. Either way, there are a few things you should know that will help you use ACT, and clinical informatics tools like it, most effectively.

COVID Cohort Discovery using Clinical Informatics

2min - This video offers tips, best practices and special considerations when using the ACT Network - and similar aggregated patient data networks - to study COVID-19.

The ACT Network Shows What We Can Do When We Work Together

2.5min - This video offers a look back at what we've accomplished in the ACT Network, and a look forward to how ACT is positioned to meet the clinical and translational research challenges of the future.