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Enabling Best Practices For Oncology


The BEPRO project aims to provide five influential centres of cancer specialists, each at the heart of a Regional, National or European network, with resources to extend their current pilot use of results from previous European projects in Information Technologies for Health. They will deploy additional applications, integrate them within their centre's current environment, and receive training. The resulting best practice will then be demonstrated in use. Results will be disseminated to the relevant European medical community and, when applicable, submitted to standardization bodies.

The BEPRO project will demonstrate best practice in action enabled by the use of innovative telematics applications in Oncology. Five influential centres, each at the heart of a Regional, National or European network of cancer specialists, will experiment these telematics applications for sake of integration in the centres' working environment. Co-operative services will allow sharing experiences between experiments in order to reach consensus at inter-application and trans-national levels. Results will be disseminated to the relevant medical community and will be submitted, whenever applicable, to standardization bodies. Since the project will deal with data exchange procedures based on XML and DTD kept at the most generic and re-usability levels, the project may act as a co-ordinator of other projects dealing with state-of-the-art data exchange technologies independently of the medical application.

Work description:
The BEPRO project will follow 3 successive phases to reach its main objectives.

The SETUP PHASE is aiming to secure the medical evaluation in order to limit the possible negative impact of performing evaluation from technically non-optimal implementations. During this phase the environment of the regional networks will be reviewed by the technical partners, and the required adjustments will be made in agreement with industrial requirements. During this phase also, the scenarios and the metrics will be refined and will be broken down into indicators meant to describe and measure the impact of ICT on medical activities. Co-operative tools will be made available and validated in the frame of targeted activities. A quality manual will provide all partners with the necessary reference framework for their subsequent activities and corresponding protocols.

The MEDICAL EVALUATION PHASE is the period of actual use of the various applications concerned by the regional networks. A monitoring of regional network activities will be performed by the reference centres in close collaboration with the industrial partners. The objective is to provide a support facilitating the use of ICT by the regional networks thus allowing them to concentrate on the medical and organisational impact of the telematics applications concerned. Technical issues will be reported and managed in the most efficient way to limit negative effects. Collecting performance indicators will be done on a regular basis to allow progress assessment from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective.

The CONSOLIDATION PHASE will assess the extent to which the use of telematics applications does impact medical practices. Benefits and limitations will be identified and detailed. Reference centres will report the outcomes of activities from corresponding regional networks. Selected participants will be interviewed to provide the point of view of end users. A final workshop will provide the opportunity to communicate conclusions to a wider community. Transversal activities will run all along the project life to accompany the project, provide support and resources for daily management, co-operative tools, and dissemination activities.

Significant milestones will be
- Month 6: Experiment Evaluation detailed design - Inter-application DTDs (initial).
- Month 15: Results of 5 parallel but complementary experiments on sites.
- Month 18: Report on Best practices - Formalized DTDs candidate to standardization. Any system (laptop, PDA, UMTS mobile Phone) connected to a medical server through Internet will have, soon or later, to find compatibility with XML/DTD formats which standardisation is not yet completed. Concentration in this domain may save redundancy and efforts among very different projects.

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