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PROTOCOLS FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND THERAPIES

Objective

The goal of PROMPT is to use telematics technologies to build an integrated care station for use in specialist inpatient hospital care, and primary and shared care. The care station will combine several operational technologies already developed within EU projects, including electronic patient records and multimedia medical reference systems. A priority will be the implementation of high quality guidelines and protocols for the treatment of cancer. Project technologies will support routine care activities, from data acquisition and the execution of care plans to the recording of the results and communication between clinical professionals. The technologies will be generic and therefore widely applicable. PROMPT participates in the project cluster entitled: ACTION for Telematics Applications for Cooperative work of Healthcare Professionals.

The goal of PROMPT is to build an integrated care station for use in different clinical settings, principally specialist inpatient hospital care, primary care and shared care. The care station will combine several operational technologies already developed by partners in the consortium: an electronic patient record system; software for clinical decision support and protocol-based care; multimedia medical reference systems and telematics communications technologies.

Prompt technology will aim to offer a wide range of services centred around the provision of high quality healthcare based on guidelines and protocols. These are increasingly being recognised as the means by which best practice can be translated into effective and efficient routine healthcare. PROMPT will implement protocols for specialist care and guidelines for primary care, drawing upon published work from sources including the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) and the ACTION cluster of projects.

One area of specialist care where the use of protocols is seen to be particularly important is cancer. Cancer will affect one in three individuals in Europe, yet the provision of consistent, high-quality cancer care remains one of the most difficult challenges to clinicians; cancer is also an area where there is well-defined medical scope and a relatively systematised body of knowledge. For these reasons, PROMPT will focus its specialist care work on developing protocol-based decision support applications in this area.

In oncology, PROMPT technology will be capable of supporting all phases of the routine care cycle: data acquisition, clinical decision making, execution of care plans, therapy monitoring, follow up, recording of outcome data for clinical audit and research, and communication between clinical professionals in a care team, both locally and across networks. The technologies will be generic and therefore widely applicable.

The PROMPT consortium includes some of the most experienced and successful medical informatics groups in Europe. The consortium will build upon the experience and expertise gained both in the EU third framework Health Telematics programme (principally DILEMMA) and in other European national projects. With the collaboration of user groups, sponsoring clinical bodies and ACTION, PROMPT will produce a validated, integrated technology to support protocol-based health care.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IMPERIAL CANCER RESEARCH FUND
Address
Lincoln's Inn Fields 44
WC2A 3PX London
United Kingdom

Participants (2)

ERASMUS UNIVERSITY ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
Address

3000Dr Rotterdam
INSTITUT BERGONIE
France
Address
180,Rue De Saint-genhs
33076 Bordeaux Cedex