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Platform for wide scale integration and visual representation of medical intelligence

Project description

eHealth Better healthcare through improved diagnoses

The Greek word noesis means ‘the ability to sense or know something immediately’. That is a particularly handy trait for doctors, who often have to make spur-of-the-moment decisions. A new knowledge-management system will help them.

Developed by the NOESIS project, the knowledge-management system powers a decision-support framework for doctors to help them make diagnoses accurately and quickly, whether in an emergency ward or during routine treatment. It holds the promise of reducing the number of wrong diagnoses, leading to improved healthcare for patients.

In essence, it puts information at their fingertips whenever they need it and helps them use it effectively.

Helping diagnose heart diseases

The project partners have focused their work on assisting in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, a segment of healthcare that is closely interlinked with many other medical complications. Indeed, the technology behind the system could be used in virtually any other medical field.

The NOESIS system allows doctors to rapidly access and analyse medical charts, sensor readings and scans while also providing them with recommendations on the best course of action in light of the unique medical situation of each patient.

It achieves this through a range of technologies that gather, store, sort and analyse medical information. The information can include written texts, graphs, images, audio and videos. The system can also be used in combination with databases containing electronic health records.

Efficient decision support

Thanks to data-mining techniques and semantic integration that associates medical concepts with information items, doctors can quickly retrieve the information they need from a hospital computer.

The decision-support component, meanwhile, can help them analyse that information to produce a preliminary diagnosis and even take preventive action.

Within the scope of the project, the system was used to support diagnoses of arrhythmia, ischemia and coronary heart disease, as well as to predict clinical restenosis in patients undergoing angioplasty with stenting.

Fewer medical errors

Such enhanced decision support has evident benefits for both doctors and patients.

Research has shown that experienced clinicians remember up to 2 million pieces of medical information and on average make 125 patient visits per week.

They face questions about diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, forcing them to make around 25 000 decisions each year. Studies have shown that up to 10% of those may have been wrong, of which about half were preventable mistakes.

With better knowledge management and decision support there would be less risk of doctors either giving the wrong diagnosis or prescribing an incorrect course of treatment. For patients, the system will result in a better quality of care.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-1
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Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM ITALIA - S.P.A.
Address
Localita Prulli 103/C
50066 Reggello
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 896 060,10

Participants (13)

SESA - COMMERCE HANDELSGMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 245 924
Address
Friedrich Schillerstrasse 87/1/3/6
2340 Modling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEDISELL CO LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 391 305
Address
8, Vouliagmenis Str.
2033 Strovolos.
Activity type
Other
M.R.I. LEFKOTHEA MEDICAL SERVICES LTD.

Participation ended

Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 37 508,33
Address
4 Lefkotheou Ave.
2054 Nicosia
Activity type
Other
NETVISION LIMITED

Participation ended

Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
20 Them. Dervi Street
1066 Nicosia
Activity type
Other
SIEMENS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 318 638
Address
Calle Ronda De Europa 5
28760 Tres Cantos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
EU contribution
€ 299 979
Address
Avenue Centrale, Domaine Universitaire 621
38041 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUSINESS FLOW CONSULTING
France
EU contribution
€ 108 415
Address
Rue Houdan 196
92330 Sceaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 475 679,92
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELLENIC CARDIOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 117 315,12
Address
University Campus Of Ioannina
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Other
LABORATOIRE TIMC
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address

38706 La Tronche Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PIERRE MENDES FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Des Universites 151
38040 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations