iManageCancer at the International Conference on Wearable, Micro & Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth)

October 26, 2016

iManageCancer shared some of its first papers at the 13th International Conference on Wearable, Micro & Nano Technologies for Personalized Health organized at Heraklion, Greece.

Here, the project shared some of its latest work in two papers: one on psycho-emotional tools, the other looking at the analytic tools due for development over the coming months.

Discussing the use of psycho-emotional tools and smart analytical data services, the papers were received by members of the wider personalised health community.

Eleni Kazantzaki and colleagues at FORTH presented their work on instruments that have been constructed to assess the psycho-emotional status of cancer patients and to evaluate resilience in their families.

These instruments allow the construction of an augmented patient profile.

Using this profile, a decision aid can increase patient’s participation in the consultation process with their physicians, improving both their satisfaction as well as their involvement in the decision-making process.

The decision aid provides standardized sets of questions related to the patient’s condition and choices: the patient can choose or create his own list to further discuss with his doctor.

A preliminary evaluation has shown highly promising results and potential benefits of the tools.

In the second paper presented, Lefteris Koumakis and colleagues focused on the architectural design recommendations of an environment for the seamless integration and intelligent processing of distributed and heterogeneous clinical information.

Information of the healthcare domain and especially within intelligent personal health records is characterized by its heterogeneity.

Clinical, lifestyle, environmental data and personal preferences are stored and managed within the iManageCancer project.

Data of such a diverse information space is difficult to be delivered, especially to non-IT users like doctors or managers.

Another obstacle of health data management and analysis is its sheer volume, which as it increases makes the need for efficient visualization methods of data and data analysis results mandatory.

As such, the architecture of the smart analytical data services is of utmost importance for presenting integrated information to healthcare professionals, helping them to orient themselves in this disperse information space and enhance their decision-making capabilities.

These papers will contribute both the necessary technical advances for an increasingly big data world, as well as tools to both personalise cancer treatment and empower patients in the future.


References

[1] Eleni Kazantzaki, Haridimos Kondylakis, Lefteris Koumakis, Kostas Marias, Manolis Tsiknakis, Alessandra Gorini, Ketti Mazzocco, Chiara Renzi, Chiara Fioretti, Gabriella Pravettoni, Psycho-emotional tools for better treatment adherence and therapeutic outcomes for cancer patients, 13th International Conference on Wearable, Micro & Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth), 224, pp. 129 - 134, 2016.

[2] Lefteris Koumakis, Haridimos Kondylakis, Maria Chatzimina, Galatia Iatraki, Panagiotis Argyropaidas, Eleni Kazantzaki, Manolis Tsiknakis, Stephan Kiefer, Kostas Marias, Designing smart analytical data services for a personal health framework, 13th International Conference on Wearable, Micro & Nano Technologies for Personalized Health (pHealth), 224, pp. 123 - 128, 2016.