Telemedicine on the Grid
|Martin Graves||Principal Investigator|
|Kate Caldwell||Telemedicine developer|
This joint project between the University of Cambridge and the West Anglia Cancer Network will demonstrate the capability of Grid technology to improve the delivery of patient care in the West Anglia region and potentially throughout the National Health Service.
The West Anglia Cancer Network (WACN) provides cancer services for a core population of 1.6 million and has an extended catchment area of 2-4 million. The Cancer Centre for the network is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital in collaboration with Papworth Hospital for patients with lung cancer. Six more Cancer Units at Bedford, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke, West Suffolk and Harlow Hospitals together with the Cancer Centre at Addenbrookes serve the remainder of the region.
It is clearly desireable to provide care as near as possible to the patient's home. Continuity of care is also maintained for patients who require treatment at the Cancer Centre (e.g. for radiotherapy) as their treatment is planned by the same Consultant they have seen at their nearest Cancer Unit. Clinicians are currently travelling large distances to provide remote clinical services. This project will investigate the use of technology to prevent such travel and provide access to appropriate clinical information and images across the network.
The project will provide a secure infrastructure for advanced collaborative environments, using:
real-time delivery of microscope imagery
communication and archiving of radiological images to support multi-disciplinary meetings for the review of cancer diagnoses and treatment.
We also hope to demonstrate the feasibility of remote access to computational medical simulations and the data-mining of patient record databases for improved clinical decision making.
Industrial support for this project is kindly supplied by Siemens Medical Solutions, Macmillan Cancer Relief and East of England Development Agency.
View the slides from a recent presentation.