European Cancer Organisation

NEWS: Workshop on multidisciplinary cancer care and the role of ICT

On 5 July 2019, the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), leaders of the iPAAC Work Package 8, and the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) co-organised a Workshop on multidisciplinary cancer care and the role of ICT.

Information and communication technology (ICT) and health information systems (HIS) can help multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in cancer to use their time more efficiently, obtain the information they need, or enhance their communication.  

With these ultimate goals in mind, Work Package 8 on Challenges in Cancer Care of the Joint Action Innovative Partnership for Action against Cancer( iPAAC) aims to identify the applications, barriers, facilitators and good practices of these technologies based on input from an expert focus group. Associated challenges include among others differences between clinical databases, professional skills and availability of technology.

Experienced professionals from different disciplines and diverse European countries exchanged their views. The participating ECCO Member Societies brought a solid contribution to the debates. ECCO thanks the experts of European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (ESOP), European Society of Radiology (ESR), European SocieTy for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI), and International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) for their active participation. 

Central themes included the information and clinical decision-making process in cancer MDTs, with particular emphasis in tumour boards, for example: data collection, accessibility to data, systems integration, use of electronic medical records, teleconferencing, or virtual consultations.  

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