PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Lifespan launched a new online portal to make it easier for patients to access clinical trials.

Lifespan officials Thursday demonstrated how to use the portal – which is a clinical trial search engine within the Rhode Island health system.

“We’re proud to share this new platform, intended to make our cutting-edge research more accessible to those who need it most,” Lifespan President and CEO Timothy Babineau said. “We’re confident that it will make it easier for patients and providers to find the best trial options, and for our researchers to recruit study participants, harnessing the power of our impressive research enterprise on behalf of our community.”

When accessing the site, patients will see all active Lifespan trials in one location. Patients are able to search by disease, condition or procedure, or trials just for healthy volunteers.

Lifespan officials say the portal includes information and enrollment contacts for clinical research studies, including tests of new drugs, devices and diagnostics for people with various diseases or conditions.

“We are excited to partner with Lifespan to improve patient access to clinical trials in Rhode Island,” Chief Executive Officer of XpertDox Sameer Ather said. “We are proud to collaborate with another comprehensive, integrated, and academic health system and look forward to working together.”