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Project LLB 2-242 «Improvement of the health service by means of IT technology in dermal and lungs cancer diagnostics»

EUROPEAN UNION HORIZON 2020

ERASMUS MUNDUS

CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

 

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT 2007-2013

CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS

 

The program is funded by the European Union

Project LLB 2-242 «Improvement of the health service by means of IT technology in dermal and lungs cancer diagnostics»

Project Acronym IHSIT-CD

Tempus

About Project

GRANT HOLDER/APPLICANT: Belarussian National Technical University, Research Division

DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTION:

Action is dedicated to improve the quality of health services in early dermal and lung cancer diagnostics using the advantages of IT technologies in cross-border regions. Improvements will be realized by:

  • Development of decision making system for automatic diagnostics solutions of skin and lung cancers on the base of IT- analysis of data images received from patient using the multi spectral optical system.
  • IT based solution system will reduce the influence of human factor in the diagnosis processes; reduce the possibility of mistake caused by not specialized enough personal, improving the quality of life providing accessibility of effective observation of the patients. Partnership consists from three leading medical establishments and two IT related organizations. Medical establishments from Belarus (Minsk & Vitebsk) and Lithuania. IT related partners are from Minsk & Vilnius.
  • The standardized database of clinical examples will be constructed, developed and implemented on the background of infrastructure of Belorussian and Lithuanian partners by the set of data from leading oncology centers of partners countries,
  • The access for professionals to common cross-border database will be organized, data exchange procedures between involved countries proposed.
  • The experimental hierarchical two-level diagnostic network will be established. On the first level - all general practitioners, involved in this network, will receive the patient s’ medical images developed using the modern tools and these images will be send to central operational unit; received results undergo automatic analysis of the imaging; the system will generate recommendation to diagnosis. On the second level - the oncology experts’ community can analyze new clinical cases from database, expanding the standardized database, lead on-line consultation based on received images and requests from problematic and nonstandard cases.

a. Description  of the cross-border problem:

Effective & clear cross-border collaboration is essential in today’s globalised world especially in relevance to neighbouring countries. The neighbouring countries of LT & BY have long lasting history of cultural, scientific & economic cooperation. Each of the countries has their own traditions, systems of providing medical services & legislation background. It is essential for neighbours wishing to establish collaboration to learn about each other’s culture of communication, specifics of bilateral cooperation relevant healthcare issues.

LT & BY both faces challenge & need to enhance diagnosis establishing process for oncology patients at different medical care providing levels. 

Lung cancer(LC) is the leading cause of cancer death in BY & LT. Every year more than 3000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in LT & BY. Mortality rate is about 39/100 000. Seeking to reduce mortality from lung cancer it is crucial to choose the proper treatment, which for lung cancer may be achieved after precise staging by noninvasive & invasive diagnostic methods.

Skin cancer(SC) is the most common human cancer in the light-skinned population. The incidence of SC has increased dramatically over the last 30-40 years. In BY one-year mortality from SC arrive to 11% & diagnosis accuracy is lover that 40% on the first visit.

The action will address directly cross-border bilateral cooperation of healthcare (oncology in particular) seeking to provide general practitioners & oncology professionals with an effective intelligent ICT based innovative tool allowing determine timely diagnosis, facilitate more accurate treatment decisions based on many case scenarios & assure professional & interpersonal relationships in general. In order to assure better & more accurate diagnostic results large variable data base of cases is essential & the cross-border collaboration will allow creating valuable data base via combining databases of separate oncology centers across boarder to one common.

b. Background of the action:

The prevention, monitoring, timely & proper treatment are the key tools in combating targeted diseases in program area. Common actions for public health surveillance, public awareness & education campaigns in targeted countries are necessary for region health quality improvement. This monitoring & surveillance in LC & SC can be realized on the base of effective IT-diagnostics of early stage of cancer but substantial barriers preventing the introduction of effective IT-based systems to clinical settings, to evidence-based medicine & to suitable medical procedures implementation exists.

Considering the current situation analysis the idea for the project was born while discussing the possibilities for cooperation in thematic areas analysing the issues of Balticgrid project (EU funded, where the applicant & P5 were partners in the consortium, have good cooperation in join computation & resources sharing). The medical partners(ANCC & VUOI) have officially signed long-term “Agreement of collaboration", ANCC & VGMU working together in local scientific programs funded by BY government. The IHSIT-CD has synergetic nature involving actors from different object area for solution of the main problem. Action is a logical continuation of existing cooperations. It is the task of the partners on both sides of the border to analyze their common needs, to identify priorities & actions for increasing human & institutional potential in cross-border cooperation, assisting for healthcare systems improvement & integration, social inclusion; cross-border professional & interpersonal communication, cohesion among neighboring regions.

The Partners will improve the quality of life by creating & deploying IT-based system, which improve accuracy of diagnosis, reduce human factor mistakes, as it enhances & provides advanced “horizontal” grid/cloud computing & virtual data management infrastructure for cooperation in research & translation of most advanced oncology results to medical settings.

c. Overall objective of the action:

The project will contribute to the enhancement of health & social sphere development, cross-cultural communication & will enhance:

  • professional networking, visibility
  • empowerment of oncology professionals
  • scientific communication & understanding
  • empathy of the general communities for effective socioeconomic development in partner countries
  • abilities to prevent personal & cultural barriers from affecting development in social & healthcare sectors based on cross-border collaboration

d. Specific objective of the action:

Action is dedicated to improve the quality of health services in early dermal and lung cancer diagnostics using the advantages of IT technologies in cross-border regions. This objective will be achieved as improved & enhanced services using intelligent ICT tools & cross-boarder data network to targeted oncology patients via general practitioners and oncology specialists through:

  • developed combined data base network of targeted diseases case scenarios
  • implemented adequate ICT solutions
  • implemented trainings for selected representatives
  • dissemination and exploitation of the results to wide target groups and final beneficiaries

e. Expected results:

  1. It is known how to describe lungs and skin cancer symptoms by IT algorithms.
  2. There are on-line cross border facilities for collection, storing, and automated analysis of images and detection of indications of cancer.
  3. There are on-line cross border facilities for remote analysis of images and diagnostic of difficult cases.
  4. Improved qualification of medical specialists in cancer, raised awareness of clinics and stakeholders about facilities for remote automated diagnostics of cancer.
  5. It is known how the Cloud cancer diagnostic IT system is going to function in the national healthcare systems of Belarus and Lithuania.