19 enero 2017

Healthinf 2017: Decision Support System for Breast Cancer Committees.

Today we sum up the one day workshop held in the scope of the European project, H2020 DESIREE: Decision Support and Information Management System for Breast Cancer, along with the project leader, Vicomtech-ik4.

Bilbomática is getting ready to participate in the international conference Healthinf 2017 to be held from 21 to 23 February in Oporto (Portugal), where a demonstration of one of the project's work lines will be carried out. This is the new information system that we are developing, which allows the personalized management of patients by Breast Cancer Functional Units.

The new system called DESIMS allows users to sort and manage all the clinical information that is generated in the hospital services where the patient is treated: Radio diagnosis, Nuclear Medicine, General Surgery, Anatomy, Pathology, Radiotherapy, Oncology, Rehabilitation, Psychology, Surgery Plastic, etc. is integrated with the
Genetic Information Systems, with the advanced medical imaging systems and the Decision Support Toolkit.

Building this platform oriented to personalized medicine based on the patient is a major global challenge. The system must allow professionals to work with clinical information, geneticinformation, advanced medical images and to have a Decision Support Toolkit (CDSS) based on three pillars: clinical guidelines, experience and similar cases.

Here is information on the 
Healthinf 2017 conference:

The purpose of the International Conference on Health Informatics is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to healthcare and medicine in general and to the support of persons with special needs in particular.
Databases, networking, graphical interfaces, data mining, machine learning, intelligent decision support systems and specialized programming languages are just a few of the technologies and research areas currently contributing to medical informatics. Mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, physiological and behavioral modeling, standardization of technologies and procedures, certification, privacy and security are some of the issues that medical informatics professionals and the ICT industry and research community in general are addressing in order to further promote ICT in healthcare. In the case of medical rehabilitation and assistive technology, research in and applications of ICT have contributed greatly to the enhancement of quality of life and full integration of all citizens into society.

European Project Space
The European Project Space (EPS) provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners involved in ongoing or past European research projects to present the objectives and outcomes of these projects as well as future plans regarding continuation opportunities. The presentation of demos, posters and panels at the same venue and simultaneously with several related conferences allow a large audience among conference participants to get a better insight into the research projects that participate in this initiative. Additionally, representatives of the European Commission will address the audience and present new research projects financing opportunities related to Horizon 2020.

The EPS that will be held in Porto is related to biomedical engineering systems and technologies, involving a related conference namely BIOSTEC, to provide insights into cutting edge research work and R&D projects, originating from Academia or Industry, either in Europe or elsewhere. This initiative intends to create opportunities for knowledge and technology sharing, and establish the basis for future collaboration networks involving current project partners and interested conference delegates."

"Universities, R&D Groups and Academic Networks

BIOSTEC is a unique forum for universities, research groups and research projects to present their research and scientific results, be it by presenting a paper, hosting a tutorial or instructional course or demonstrating its research products in demo sessions, by contributing towards panels and discussions in the event's field of interest or by presenting their project, be it by setting up an exhibition booth, by being profiled in the event's web presence or printed materials or by suggesting keynote speakers or specific thematic sessions.

Special conditions are also available for Research Projects which wish to hold meetings at INSTICC events.

Current Academic Partners:


ANDREA-Active Nanocoated DRy-electrode for Eeg Applications. ANDREA is an EU-funded FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnership and Pathways (IAPP) project running from 1st January 2014 until 31st December 2017 (http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/109927_en.html). The aim of ANDREA is to develop an Active Nanocoated DRy-electrode for Eeg Applications.Multichannel electroencephalography (EEG) is a well-established method for investigating the function of the human brain. However, despite continuous advancements in signal amplification and data processing, difficult and error-prone signal acquisition on the head surface is still a major issue limiting its employment in basic and clinical research.


NIW - Natural Interactive Walking. NIW will investigate possibilities for the integrated and interchangeable use of the haptic and auditory modality in floor interfaces, and for the synergy of perception and action in capturing and guiding human walking. Its objective is to provide closed-loop interaction paradigms, negotiated with users and validated through experiments, enabling the transfer of skills that have been previously learned in everyday tasks associated to walking, and where multisensory feedback and sensory substitution can be exploited to create unitary multimodal percepts.
NIW - Natural Interactive Walking


DESIREE is a European Union’s Horizon 2020 project from the Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 690238 running from 1st February 2016.
The DESIREE project aims to provide a web-based software ecosystem for the personalized, collaborative and multidisciplinary management of Primary Breast Cancer by specialized Breast Units (BU), from diagnosis to therapy and follow-up. For that DESIREE provides decision support on the available therapy options by incorporating experience from previous cases and outcomes, and thus, going beyond the limitations of existing guideline-based decision support systems (DSS).  
Specific interactive tools will be also developed for quantitatively analysing medical images and fusing (registering) different imaging modalities with complementary information for enhanced insight. The system will be also connected to a genomic and bioinformatics platform leveraging NGS data offered by Sistemas Genomicos (SIG) that will help personalized diagnostic and treatment and provide valuable information about predictive value in the outcomes of some treatments, based on the patient individual characteristics.
Another objective of DESIREE is to develop a virtual surgery tool that could be applied in clinical practice, based on a multi-scale physiological model that predicts the outcome of breast conservative therapy (BCT). The model will have important physical and psychological implications for the patient regarding the outcome of conservative surgery and will enhance the patient-physician interaction when choosing the treatment.
Finally, the heterogeneous data and knowledge bases, the DSS and the analysis and modelling tools will be integrated into a secure web-based software infrastructure. This web-based software will be provided with highly visual interfaces for exploring the patient case. It will bring the necessary features for enhancing the coordination and management of different patient cases in the BUs and for exploring all the accumulated heterogeneous multi-scale information from previous patient cases in an intuitive manner.


The Author / s wants to thank to all members of the DESIREE consortium for their knowledge and contributions:
  • Vicomtech
  • Arivis
  • Hôpital Tenon
  • Bilbomática
  • Eresa
  • Onkologikoa
  • Limics
  • Medical Innovation
  • Sistemas Genómicos
  • University of Houston
  • Ulster University

Desiree ha recibido fondos de la Unión Europea en el marco del programa de investigación e innovación Horizon 2020 con el número de acuerdo de subvención 690238