iManageCancer

Novel electronic tools for patient empowerment and self-management in cancer

TUESDAY 25/10, 18.30-20.30 | Hall: MC3

WORKSHOP

iManageCancer – Novel electronic tools for patient empowerment and self-management in cancer

Significant improvements due to cancer research have led to more cancer patients being cured, and enabled many more to live with their cancer. The disease is now frequently managed as a chronic illness requiring long-term surveillance and, in some cases, maintenance treatment. As a chronic condition, however, there is an urgent economic and pragmatic need for patients and families to self-manage cancer, and for the healthcare system to develop efficient strategies in supporting them in achieving this objective. This workshop presents and demonstrates results of the European research initiative iManageCancer that show how patients can be empowered to become active, informed participants of medical decision making processes and how they can get support in the management of their disease by novel medical apps and serious games incorporated in a mobile platform. iManageCancer seeks the dialogue with patients, citizens, healthcare providers and further stakeholders to promote and sustain innovative electronic tools for the benefit of cancer patients.

The workshop also provides the opportunity to try the iManageCancer apps and give feedback.

Workshop program:

1)  Patient empowerment and self-management in cancer: perspectives and tools for eHealth support. Andrea Manfrinati, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, Milan, Italy
2) The iManageCancer personal health record. Dr. Kostas Marias, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Heraklion, Greece
3) MyHealthAvatar – Life style management for cancer patients. Prof. Feng Dong, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK
4) iManageMyHealth – Smart disease management support for cancer patients. Stephan Kiefer, Fraunhofer-Institut Biomedizinische Technik, St. Ingbert, Germany

“Can apps help cancer patients?” Open discussion with audience.
Moderator:  Dr. Kostas Marias
Cancer Patients’ Representatives:  Iris Argyri, “Alma Zois” & Artemis Myliadou, Board Member of “AgaliaZO – Society of Voluteers Against Cancer”

The iManageCancer project

iManageCancer, or ‘Empowering patients and strengthening self-management in cancer diseases’, will team serious games up with the latest in self-management technology to empower people living with cancer.

In this H2020 project, 8 partners from 5 European countries are creating intelligent, fun new ways to let those with chronic illnesses manage their lives in a new way, all from their mobile phones.

Significant improvements due to cancer research have led to more cancer patients being cured, and very many more enabled to live with their condition. The disease is now frequently managed as a chronic illness requiring long-term surveillance and, in some cases, maintenance treatment. As a chronic illness, however, there is an urgent need for patients and families to manage their own care.

The iManageCancer project will support this challenge and provide a cancer disease self-management platform designed according to the specific needs of patients and focusing on their wellbeing. The project is a European research activity to empower patients and strengthen their capability to manage their diseases through novel health apps and secure eHealth services.