Enabling Informed Decisions in Breast Cancer through Information Technologies
Issue #7 December 2019
“The decision-making process becomes far more consistent and efficient, and ultimately more personalized and effective for the patient herself”
Forty-two months after the Project Kick-off meeting in San Sebastian (Feb. 2016), we are proud to announce that the Horizon 2020 EU funded project DESIREE - Decision Support and Information Management System for Breast Cancer - has been successfully completed in July 2019. The final Review Meeting, performed on 18th September in Luxemburg, confirmed with its final assessment the completion of work, acknowledging a significant clinical impact of highly valuable tools for breast cancer management. DESIREE is leaving behind contributions that will be of real value to the operation of Breast Cancer Units throughout Europe and beyond!
DESIREE platform enables BC clinicians in their decision-making process, with technology that includes advanced clinical decision support systems (based on formalized clinical guidelines, case-based reasoning, experience-based reasoning, knowledge discovery) and image-based breast and tumour characterization tools, physiological predictive modeling of 3D breast reconstruction and software for radiation toxicities assessment. The DESIREE working prototype has been validated extensively by the project clinical partners. More than 150 patient cases have been analysed and more than 240 decisions have been made. As a next step, the team is committed to publishing the validation results, spreading them especially within the medical community.
Overall, significant indicator of the scientific impact of the work performed is the numerous scientific publications achieved by the DESIREE Consortium. View publications
Going well beyond the project lifetime, the partners are in process of converting into viable products several of the achieved exploitation items, which include the DSS and/or some of its technological components. The project is also looking for alliances to exploit some of the technological developments or incorporate them into third party products. More information or demo are available upon request. For a project overview, please read the final Press Release here.
Closing this final Newsletter, we share information about the last DESIREE Workshop “Relevant Outcomes on Big Data and Decision Support Systems for Cancer Management”, organized in San Sebastian in July 2019.
DESIREE 360° Breast Cancer Workshop: Relevant Outcomes on Big Data and Decision Support Systems for Cancer Management
The DESIREE team is happy to share information about its 2nd thematic stakeholder Workshop, organized in San Sebastian in July 19. With the objective to showcase the DESIREE end project technological outcomes, experiences & perspectives, they brought together:
Clinicians from the field of oncology, including members of different tumor boards (breast, head & neck…)
Researchers on the field of data analytics, Big Data, image analysis, computational modelling and artificial intelligence in the medical field
Industry representatives from the IT, pharma and biomedical fields interested in incorporating these innovations in their future products or services
Hospital managers and public policy makers willing to know the benefits of these innovations for the public health system
DESIREE Project Consortium members
Other participants (e.g. Physicians, Nurses)
The Workshop followed a three-fold thematic approach:
Session 1 - DESIREE Technology Highlights and Results
Session 2 - Clinical and Patient Perspectives
Session 3 - Relevant Initiatives on Big Data and DSS for Oncology
Experts from the clinical and engineering arenas, from the DESIREE Consortium but also well beyond, presented advances on decision support systems, image analysis, computational modelling, as well as the clinical perspectives on the use of such systems and different related initiatives at local and international level on CDSS and Big Data for oncology. The demonstration of state-of-the-art technology by experts to an audience of interest & interrelation, to people who represent the blocks in the health technology chain, contributed to a very dynamic closing project event!
Results of the DESIREE 360° Workshop “Relevant Outcomes on Big Data and Decision Support Systems for Cancer Management” at a glance:
DESIREE decision-support system demonstrated and exposed to a wide, cross-functional audience of experts which included end-user clinicians, members or responsible of tumor boards
Mutually beneficial exchange and lobbying between all participating stakeholders
Experience exchange on big data management, precision medicine, clinical decision-making practices and DSS, breast cancer management, personalized treatment patient reported outcomes and patient empowerment
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690238
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