Improved medical care
The ultimate goal of Care4Me is to develop clinical demonstrators for three specific disease areas: cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. This will involve innovative medical image-analysis and decision-support systems, which will connect to current hospital information systems using newly developed systems architectures. A series of clinical demonstrators will demonstrate the anticipated improvements from the project in the quality and efficiency of medical care. Different imaging techniques are being considered, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). Key results of the Care4Me project will include:
- System architecture – an open and dynamic hospital-wide, serviceoriented architecture (SOA) integrating models of anatomy and pathology, computer-aided detection and diagnosis components as well as decision-support tools. This system will be integrated into existing hospital infrastructures and information systems;
- Models of healthy and diseased organs and tissues that provide the knowledge needed to create a new generation of computer-aided detection and diagnosis processes. The models will map three types of frequently occurring disease in the ageing population: neurodegenerative disease – model of the ageing brain; cardiovascular disease – beating heart model; and cancer – perfusing tumour model;
- Image-analysis packages for computeraideddetection, quantification and diagnosis of disease progression over time; and
- Computerised decision-support systems to provide the clinician with a consistent overview of all information which is relevant for the individual therapeutic options or assessments and risk evaluations, taking into consideration the different medical procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.
The Care4Me consortium combines strengths from various countries, involving large and small medical equipment industries, research institutes specialising in service-oriented IT system design, implementation and deployment including the field of medical research. Finally, the consortium includes teaching hospitals that have experience and expertise in deploying innovative technologies for the benefit of their patients and society.