[dropcaps round=”no”] [/dropcaps] This project follows the research and development work conducted over the last five years in two EU-funded undertakings, namely the Alpine Space program (ALIAS, NATHCARE) where we set out to enable cross-border medical information exchange (taking both technical and legal issues into account), and then to propose a platform able to manage clinical pathways in a local, community-based healthcare perspective.
To go one step further, our goal is now to develop a professional solution able to facilitate information retrieval by clinicians in a context where information and data (patient data, patient documents, professional guidelines etc.) is distributed among different patient records and information systems.
Prototypes of such solutions exist but they do not cover the whole range of expected features and tackle all the pressing challenges.
With this project we aim to achieve a real breakthrough in semantic research (results of a full-text search):
- Capability to retrieve information from various types of files;
- Capability to propose results in a format directly useful for clinical decision making.While prototypes of such tools are currently available, we intend to offer a real breakthrough in terms of performance and professionalism of the Knowledge Management (KM) system.
While prototypes of such tools are currently available, we intend to offer a real breakthrough in terms of performance and professionalism of the Knowledge Management (KM) system.
To achieve the breakthrough described above, we aim to work along five R&D axes:
Performance of semantic search algorithms;
Level of integration with local applications;
Conformity with legal frameworks in a transnational context;
Capability to ensure a high level of contextualization of research while ensuring KM user confidentiality;
Capability to retrieve and exploit structured data.
We intend to use a set of patient cohorts to assess the robustness of our tool in answering clinicians’ needs in various contexts (office, care unit, mobility etc.). Some cohorts we target include:
The elderly (home care);
Chronic conditions (e.g.: patients suffering from cardiac diseases)
We are looking for partners such as hospitals, regions and networks willing to address the same kinds of issues.