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Intelligent Systems for Health Professionals (HP)

Problem area

The cluster addresses the specific needs of the health professional for IST systems that support diagnosis and treatment, for user-friendly portable environments that allow timely access to specific health information from anywhere, or for technology that facilitates continuous learning, training and collaborative work in the health domain. The added value of the cluster is centred around interoperability, standardisation, validation, awareness and dissemination. There are currently two main thematic sub-clusters:

  • Sub-cluster1: Intelligent Systems for Minimally Invasive Diagnosis & Treatment Planning; and
  • Sub-cluster2: Intelligent Systems for Mobility of Health Professionals.

Socio-economic challenge and expected impact

All projects aim to improve quality of care through improved diagnoses, more effective treatment, facilitating timely access to necessary information and providing better education of health professionals.

In particular, projects in the sub-cluster 1 develop and validate advanced medical imaging and minimally invasive techniques for diagnosis and treatment planning for cancer, heart failure and other major diseases. These systems will significantly decrease waiting and treatment time and will result in a treatment that is less painful and more effective. It is expected that these types of technologies will save lives and have a considerable impact in the public health domain, by increasing the quality of care as well as reinforcing the European medical equipment industry.

The projects in sub-cluster 2 aim at enabling doctors and nurses to remotely access vital information and consult the medical files of a patient whether from the surgery room, the hospital, the patient’s home or site of accident. The work is based on the integration of advanced interfaces (voice recognition, natural language understanding, etc) and novel mobile multimedia workstations with embedded communications means (GPRS, UMTS). The cluster will promote the use of medical digital assistants within the community of health professionals, will test and validate the interoperability of systems and explore new business models in the health market.

Key work undertaken

Work of common interests to the projects in sub-cluster 1 include the use of IST for the improving the accuracy of diagnosis of major diseases (cardiovascular, cancer, etc.), for increasing the effectiveness of intervention/surgery following this diagnosis and in the development of virtual and real scenarios for heart disease treatment. Moreover, legislation on medical devices and ethical issues related to the introduction of IST (including clinical trials) are considered and researched.

A large part of the research in sub-cluster 2 is centred around the development of medical digital assistants and ensuring their interoperability e.g. with respect to information exchange, communication means and application software. Furthermore work in the sub-cluster is concerned with the testing of user centred design models for accessing health information, the implementation and validation of state-of-the-art speech recognition technologies in specific environments (hospitals, surgery rooms…) and the use of natural language understanding systems in health care. Consideration is given to the market for these medical personal assistants and the business model(s) for making a success of these.

Statistics

Number of projects: 49
Number of organisations: 364
EU funding: 70.8 M€
Total budget: 119.9 M€

Additional SME specific actions:

Number of projects: 21
Number of organisations: 96
EU funding: 5.4 M€
Total budget: 11.3 M€

Projects

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Project Number Acronym Full Title / Contents Start Date Duration (months)
IST-1999-10837 ADEQUATE Assessment and Diagnosis in Echocardiography using Quantitative Techniques 3/2000 36
IST-1999-11412 AMIT Advanced Minimally Invasive Therapy by using MRI 1/2000 36
IST-2001-35024 BIOINFOMED Prospective Analysis on the Relationships and Synergy between Medical Informatics and Bioinformatics 3/2002 12
IST-1999-10217 C-Care Continuous Care 1/2000 30
IST-2001-33383 CHILDCARE Intelligent collaborative environment for out-of-hospital children healthcare 9/2001 24
IST-1999-57332 CLEANWORLD An Integrated Management System of Prevention for Information and Training 1/2001 6
IST-2001-52101 DEVASPIM (EA) Development of a tool based on new technologies for the design and evaluation of spine implants 11/2001 6
IST-1999-57446 DEVASPIM DEVELOPMENT OF A TOOL BASED ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF SPINE IMPLANTS 9/2002 24
IST-2001-52126 DIAPOLE DEVELOPMENT OF A NON-INVASIVE BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVEL MONITORING TECHNOLOGY FOR DIABETES AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS 1/2002 24
IST-2001-38143 DICTATE A voice meDIated system for struCTured entry of medicAl daTa 7/2002 24
IST-2000-25318 DOCMEM Ubiquitous, Permanent and Intelligent Access to Patients' Medical Files 7/2001 24
IST-1999-10515 DynCT Real Time Motion Compensated Reconstruction and Visualisation for Dynamic Computed Tomography 1/2000 36
IST-2001-33261 E-CARE MEDICAL EXPERT SYSTEM FOR CONTINUITY OF CARE AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE 9/2001 30
IST-1999-10100 EDISCIM Early Diagnosis of Skincancer using confocal Imaging 1/2000 36
IST-2001-33294 E-SCOPE Fully Digital Microscopy for routine diagnostics and integration into hospital information workflow 9/2001 24
IST-2001-52102 GLANCE InteGrated Analyser for CLinicAl laboratories, to eNhanCe the analysis rEliability and efficency 12/2001 4
IST-2001-38181 HEALTH MEMORY ESTABLISHING A HEALTH COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM subject to contract signature 30
IST-2001-37403 HEARTS HEALTH EARLY ALARM RECOGNITION AND TELEMONITORING SYSTEM 7/2002 24
IST-2000-31127 HIN-EUROPE Health Information Network in Europe 10/2001 24
IST-2001-38153 HKIS Integrated Software Platform for Biological and Biomedical Data Processing in Cancerology 7/2002 30
IST-1999-90159 ICOTEL International Conference on Telemedicine and Telecare 4/2002 6
IST-1999-90130 ICUST 2001 ICUST 2001 4/2001 6
IST-1999-12175 IERAPSI An Integrated Environment for Rehearsal And Planning of Surgical Interventions 1/2000 36
IST-2001-92502 IFG "Health in the Information Age" 6/2001 12
IST-2000-29221 IHE-E Integrating the Health Care Enterprise in Europe Concerted Action 9/2001 18
IST-2001-33269 IHELP Electronic Remote Assistance in the Operating Room 9/2001 18
IST-1999-55012 IMAGUM DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH RESOLUTION ULTRASONOGRAPHY FOR GUM IMAGING 1/2001 24
IST-1999-57449 IMP-ART IMPLEMENTATION OF AUTOMATIC REMOTE TRIAGE FOR ALTERNATIVE SITE PATIENT MONITORING AND CARE 8/2002 24
IST-2001-38187 INFACE Advanced Visual InterFACEs for timely Retrieval of Patient Related Information 9/2002 24
IST-2001-39013 INFOGENMED INFOGENMED: A virtual laboratory for accessing and integrating genetic and medical information for health applications 9/2002 24
IST-1999-57447 INHALE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTELLIGENT CRISIS PREVENTION MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR ASTMATICS subject to contract negotiation 24
IST-1999-10310 INTERPRET International Network for Pattern Recognition of Tumours using Magnetic Resonance 1/2000 36
IST-2001-52100 IR-BOSS A New Portable Infra-red Bone Scanning System Allowing On-Site Bone Damage Assessment And Teleradiology 11/2001 6
IST-1999-14101 IS4ALL Information Society for All 10/2000 36
IST-2001-35169 IVP Intracorporeal VideoProbe 4/2002 36
IST-1999-12581 JUST JUST-in-time health emergency interventions - Training of non-professionals by Virtual Reality and advanced IT tools 1/2000 36
IST-1999-57448 LIFELINGER A NEW ICT-BASED DIAGNOSIS PROCEDURE AND TOOL SET FOR EARLY DETECTION OF CERVIX CANCER 9/2002 24
IST-2000-52003 LIQUAMO Contactless monitoring of electric fields generated by living beings for life quality control 7/2001 4
IST-2001-37614 MAMMOGRID European federated mammogram database implemented on a GRID structure 9/2002 36
IST-1999-90110 MEDINFO 10th World congress on Health and Medical Informatics (UK, London, 2-5 September 2001) 7/2001 6
IST-2001-35495 MEMO Medical Mobile Devices - Cluster Project 5/2002 24
IST-1999-12338 MI3 Minimal Invasive Interventional Imaging 1/2000 36
IST-1999-10618 MITTUG Minimally Invasive Therapy for Tumors 3D Ultra-sound guided 1/2000 33
IST-1999-70618 MITTUG DEMO Minimally Invasive Therapy for Tumors 3D Ultra-sound guided 1/2000 33
IST-2000-26402 MOBI-DEV Mobi-Dev: mobile devices for healthcare applications 1/2001 30
IST-2001-36006 MOBIHEALTH Mobile Health Care 5/2002 18
IST-1999-57303 MONITORHEALTHCARE MONITORING SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS IN HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS 1/2001 6
IST-2001-38052 NISAN Administered Tests with Network Diagnostics via a NonInvasive Sensor 8/2002 24
IST-1999-57247 NUCLEO New Ultrastructural Cytometry by Laser scattering and Electronic image processsing in Oncology 1/2001 6
IST-2001-52071 OHM ON-LINE HEALTH MONITORING 10/2001 9
IST-2001-37711 OPENECG Computerized ECG Standards Interoperability Portal 7/2002 24
IST-2001-32516 OTELO MOBILE TELE-ECHOGRAPHY USING AN ULTRA-LIGHT ROBOT 9/2001 30
IST-2001-52107 PHARMDIS-E+ Pharmacokinetic & Pharmacodynamic Drug Information and Dosage Adjustment System 1/2002 24
IST-2001-35270 PLACEBO An innovative Computational Platform For Solving differential equation of modelling biomedical processes 4/2002 24
IST-1999-56408 PRE-HIP Predicting clinical performances of cementless-hip replacements in the early stages of the design process 2/2001 24
IST-2001-38626 PRO-ACCESS IMPROVING ACCESS OF ASSOCIATED STATES TO ADVANCEDCONCEPTS IN MEDICAL TELEMATICS 7/2002 24
IST-1999-29029 PROEHTEL PROEHTEL 1/2001 30
IST-1999-10246 SCREEN Development of a Soft-Copy Reading Environment for Digital Mammography in Breast Cancer Screening 1/2000 27
IST-2001-33439 SCREEN-TRIAL The Screening Mammography Soft-Copy Reading Trial 4/2002 24
IST-2000-25429 SMARTIE Smart Medical Applications Repository of Tools for Informed Expert Decision 1/2001 30
IST-1999-50077 SME AWARD Predicting the clinical performance of cementless hip replacements in the early stages of the design process. 1/1999 6
IST-2000-26117 STEMNET INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY for STEM CELL REGISTRIES NETWORK 5/2001 24
IST-2001-52104 STRESST Psychological Stress Control and Reduction Methodology and Equipment 11/2001 5
IST-1999-11567 TEAM-HOS Methodology and Tools for World-best Teamwork in Hospitals 1/2000 36
IST-2000-26292 TELELOGOS NExt Generation of Methods and Tools for team Work based Care in Language and Speech Therapy 1/2001 24
IST-1999-11999 TELEPLAN A distributed Telematics Environment for Treatment Planning in Stereotactic Radiosurgery 1/2000 24
IST-1999-11459 TREAT TREAT - a system for balancing antibiotic treatment against development of drug resistance 1/2000 48
IST-2001-52099 TTOOL Target Tracking Tool 12/2001 6
IST-2000-26350 USBONE A REMOTELY MONITORED WEARABLE ULTRASOUND DEVICE FOR THE MONITORING AND ACCELERATION OF BONE HEALING 1/2001 24
IST-2001-52103 VALIDON Validation of Sterilization Equipment on-line 11/2001 9
IST-1999-10479 WARD-IN-HAND Mobile Workflow Support and InformAtion distribution in hospitals via voice-opeRateD, wIreless-Networked HANDheld PCs. 1/2000 27
IST-2001-33257 WEBLINC LIAISON NETWORK FOR CANCER PREVENTION, CARE AND DIAGNOSIS ON THE WEB 11/2001 18
IST-1999-14203 WIDENET Offering World-Wide Services through an International Network on Health Records 12/2000 36
IST-2001-52058 WUNSENS A NEW CONCEPT FOR A FUILLY INTEGRATED WOUND ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING SYSTEM 10/2001 24