Collaborative Care Team in Open Source

Version 2.1,  6 June 2013

Mission Statement
 

Medical collaborations: Multidisciplinary care across Internet:

  • A "patient centric" record shared by the members of his/her multidisciplinary "Care Team".
  • A problem solving approach:  maintenance of an up to date overview of the patient "Problem List", with links to the details explaining why the problem has been identified and which actions haven been started.
  • An iterative care process in which initial problems requiring more examinations will become updated in diagnoses requiring treatments.
  • Initial focus on the most common requirements in most care situations.  Next such a generic patient care platform will be incremented step by step by more specific features in function of particular diseases and medical specialties.
  • Education by means of contextual training:  on the occasion of the encountered problems provide explanations and references to more fundamental knowledge.
  • Role Based Access Control based on the care team, known and accepted by the patient.
  • Anonymous data could be extracted for statistical studies.

Informatics collaborations: Support of the above medical collaborations:

  • Sharing technical know-how about software including source code, i.e. in Open Source.
  • Telemedicine technologies allowing to get help from care team members across Internet, sharing medical know how between developing and developed regions.
  • An integration platform intended to reuse existing medical softwares components availables as open source.
  • A very modular approach, allowing to distribute developments and maintenance across an international community.

  
Current Projects


Operational IPATH network

  • Telemedicine platform providing healthcare support and education in several specialized areas and operational in developing countries since 2002. For example, isolated small health centers send pathology images and get second opinion from pathology experts across the Internet, see the full presentation slides.
  • The services are free and the software is available as Open Source.

Experimental Care Team Prototype

  • Support discussions about medical specifications, in a pragmatic way in front of visual examples.
  • Evaluation of considered integration technologies.


PBTL, Problem Based Tele-Learning in Open Source, a joint project between ISfTeH working groups

  • Tele-training for healthcare professionals, as medical students, junior doctors, nurses, etc...making health education available and affordable in remote regions.
  • Focus on rigorous work methodology, problem based and sharing well documented records, paying much attention to priorities:  given all what is known up to now, what to do next ?
  • Applied research about how to work as a collaborative team across internet. Nowadays the care of one patient require several healthcare professional, who may be at remote locations. New paradigms for healthcare, taking advantage of new informatics technologies shared as Free and Open Source.  More than a simple simulation of old paper era work methods.
  • Support of remote health centers where there are no specialists, or even no doctors on site, but where support is possible by means of telemedicine.  Support of meaningful data acquisition with the expected most relevant information, is mandatory before a case can be presented to a remote expert.

 

New partners are invited to join:

  •     Rather than developing applications in isolation, consider to participate in a community sharing experience and Open Source modules.

 
Contacts:  Etienne Saliez (etienne@saliez.be), Thomas Karopka (tkaropka@googlemail.com), Monika Hubler (monika.hubler@basysdata.ch)