Status and recommendations of technological and data-driven innovations in cancer care: focus group study

Haridimos Kondylakis, Cristian Axenie, Dhundy Bastola, Dimitrios G Katehakis, Angelina Kouroubali, Daria Kurz, Nekane Larburu, Iván Macía, Roma Maguire, Christos Maramis, Kostas Marias, Philip Morrow, Naiara Muro, Francisco José Núñez-Benjumea, Andrik Rampun, Octavio Rivera-Romero, Bryan Scotney, Gabriel Signorelli, Hui Wang, Manolis TsiknakisReyer Zwiggelaar

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Abstract

Background: The status of the data-driven management of cancer care as well as the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations aimed at accelerating the rate of progress in this field are topics of great interest. Two international workshops, one conducted in June 2019 in Cordoba, Spain, and one in October 2019 in Athens, Greece, were organized by four Horizon 2020 (H2020) European Union (EU)-funded projects: BOUNCE, CATCH ITN, DESIREE, and MyPal. The issues covered included patient engagement, knowledge and data-driven decision support systems, patient journey, rehabilitation, personalized diagnosis, trust, assessment of guidelines, and interoperability of information and communication technology (ICT) platforms. A series of recommendations was provided as the complex landscape of data-driven technical innovation in cancer care was portrayed. Objective: This study aims to provide information on the current state of the art of technology and data-driven innovations for the management of cancer care through the work of four EU H2020-funded projects. Methods: Two international workshops on ICT in the management of cancer care were held, and several topics were identified through discussion among the participants. A focus group was formulated after the second workshop, in which the status of technological and data-driven cancer management as well as the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations in this area were collected and analyzed. Results: Technical and data-driven innovations provide promising tools for the management of cancer care. However, several challenges must be successfully addressed, such as patient engagement, interoperability of ICT-based systems, knowledge management, and trust. This paper analyzes these challenges, which can be opportunities for further research and practical implementation and can provide practical recommendations for future work. Conclusions: Technology and data-driven innovations are becoming an integral part of cancer care management. In this process, specific challenges need to be addressed, such as increasing trust and engaging the whole stakeholder ecosystem, to fully benefit from these innovations.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere22034
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Volume22
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • data-driven science
  • inventions
  • neoplasms

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