Status and recommendations of technological and data-driven innovations in cancer care : focus group study

Kondylakis, Haridimos and Axenie, Cristian and Bastola, Dhundy and Katehakis, Dimitrios G and Kouroubali, Angelina and Kurz, Daria and Larburu, Nekane and Macía, Iván and Maguire, Roma and Maramis, Christos and Marias, Kostas and Morrow, Philip and Muro, Naiara and Núñez-Benjumea, Francisco José and Rampun, Andrik and Rivera-Romero, Octavio and Scotney, Bryan and Signorelli, Gabriel and Wang, Hui and Tsiknakis, Manolis and Zwiggelaar, Reyer (2020) Status and recommendations of technological and data-driven innovations in cancer care : focus group study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22 (12). e22034. (

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Background: The status of the data-driven management of cancer care as well as the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations aimed at accelerating the rate of progress in this field are topics of great interest. Two international workshops, one conducted in June 2019 in Cordoba, Spain, and one in October 2019 in Athens, Greece, were organized by four Horizon 2020 (H2020) European Union (EU)-funded projects: BOUNCE, CATCH ITN, DESIREE, and MyPal. The issues covered included patient engagement, knowledge and data-driven decision support systems, patient journey, rehabilitation, personalized diagnosis, trust, assessment of guidelines, and interoperability of information and communication technology (ICT) platforms. A series of recommendations was provided as the complex landscape of data-driven technical innovation in cancer care was portrayed. Objective: This study aims to provide information on the current state of the art of technology and data-driven innovations for the management of cancer care through the work of four EU H2020-funded projects. Methods: Two international workshops on ICT in the management of cancer care were held, and several topics were identified through discussion among the participants. A focus group was formulated after the second workshop, in which the status of technological and data-driven cancer management as well as the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations in this area were collected and analyzed. Results: Technical and data-driven innovations provide promising tools for the management of cancer care. However, several challenges must be successfully addressed, such as patient engagement, interoperability of ICT-based systems, knowledge management, and trust. This paper analyzes these challenges, which can be opportunities for further research and practical implementation and can provide practical recommendations for future work. Conclusions: Technology and data-driven innovations are becoming an integral part of cancer care management. In this process, specific challenges need to be addressed, such as increasing trust and engaging the whole stakeholder ecosystem, to fully benefit from these innovations.


Kondylakis, Haridimos, Axenie, Cristian, Bastola, Dhundy, Katehakis, Dimitrios G, Kouroubali, Angelina, Kurz, Daria, Larburu, Nekane, Macía, Iván, Maguire, Roma ORCID logoORCID:, Maramis, Christos, Marias, Kostas, Morrow, Philip, Muro, Naiara, Núñez-Benjumea, Francisco José, Rampun, Andrik, Rivera-Romero, Octavio, Scotney, Bryan, Signorelli, Gabriel, Wang, Hui, Tsiknakis, Manolis and Zwiggelaar, Reyer;