The vision of TACIT is to unlock the tacit knowledge of Europe's senior clinicians both by linguistically analysed multimedia recording and by expert location and communications. TACIT will be prototyped and piloted in cancer care where it will support the entire clinical process across primary and secondary care. It will specify, prototype and test Ambient Knowledge Elicitation integrated with an Expertise Browser and expert locator.
The potential impact of the results of the TACIT project is very considerable indeed. The accumulated knowledge of healthcare professionals across Europe is enormous. But there are major problems in getting the right knowledge to the right place at the right time. Some of these difficulties are already experienced on a routine basis, such as junior doctors not having access to the expertise of senior clinicians out of hours. Other difficulties are increasingly emerging, for example as healthcare becomes more specialised and it becomes increasingly impossible for any single healthcare organisation to employ dedicated clinicians in the increasingly complex areas of clinical specialisation that are emerging throughout Europe.
On top of this a substantial number of person years of clinical expertise are simply lost to European health services every year as the most experienced clinicians retire and their accumulated knowledge disappears with them. All of these factors are key drivers of the need to become much more effective at capturing clinical expertise and making it available as required and with proper authorisation to whoever needs it, whenever they need it and wherever they need it.
Not only will this improve the quality of services provided, thereby significantly reducing the risk of medical errors, but it will also enable a major improvement in the return on the training and employment of clinicians by ensuring that their accumulated expertise is captured and retained with the healthcare organisation.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
GU2 7RF Guilford, Surrey
B1 3ND Birmingham