iManageCancer at 2018 IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics

April 05, 2018

iManageCancer partners have presented two papers in a special session on Biomedical Informatics across the Cancer Continuum, in Las Vegas, USA.

The session was part of the IEEE International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics organised by Professor Manolis Tsiknakis, FORTH, Greece, and co-organised by Professor Norbert Graf, University of Saarland, and Dr. Anca Bucur, Philips, The Netherlands.

This event was held in conjunction with the IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks and co-located with the Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference (HIMSS). The HIMSS conference brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. This leading joint event in health informatics was the ideal venue to highlight the work of the iManageCancer project.

Patient Empowerment with the Help of Information and Communications Technology

Professor Graf presented how iManageCancer addresses the increasing need for cancer patients to take an active, informed and leading role in their ongoing care leading to a better quality of life. The Personal Health Record platform, (iPHR), was demonstrated together with the projects’ different tools for self-management including the serious games for children and adults. He also discussed how these tools are being tested in the current pilots for children and adults.

Embracing Diversity in Health Data Management

BHI2018_for_news_article_use.jpgDr Lefteris Koumakis, FORTH, described how the project manages large and heterogeneous health datasets to provide tools to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer as well as for psycho-emotional evaluation and self-motivated goals. By designing and creating a data management architecture that embraces diversity of data, several different types of databases can co-exist, each storing specific types of data according to the individual needs of the relevant applications. In addition, the architecture is based on state of the art biomedical ontologies. The implementation of the iManageCancer smart analytics framework, which includes processes for patients to give informed consent and data anonymisation, enables analysis of health-related data for research.

These results were also disseminated at the poster session on innovative health technology. The session provided a great opportunity for Dr Koumakis to demonstrate how this unique data management infrastructure contributes to solving the need for flexible access to health-related data.