By showcasing the achievements of FP7-DECIDE, as well as of the neuGRID and N4U projects, the workshop intends to demonstrate the potential of the e-Infrastructure approach in providing support to more accurate and earlier diagnosis, while offering sustainable, cost-effective and scalable solutions to Public Health systems that are more and more open to economic and demographic challenges. ICT has often been seen as a key to keeping the Public Health expense under control, without posing unacceptable constraints in terms of quality and openness of the service offered to citizens, and even improving it.

DECIDE is conceived to work along these lines by shaping existing eInfrastructures into a innovative service for assisted diagnosis, while striving to ensure the actual usability and exploitability of the service in real-life clinical settings. Our assumptions are that:
  1. earlier diagnosis can help improving the patients’ life and the effectiveness of cares provided.
  2. quantitative algorithms and the automated querying of reference databases used in research can be exploited in a clinical environment to provide earlier and more accurate diagnosis and, for non-invasive clinical examinations (such as EEG) for preventive screenings.
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Starts 22 Feb 2013 10:00
Ends 22 Feb 2013 16:00
Sala Turina
Ministero della Salute Viale G. Ribotta, 5
  • Prof. Valente, Enzo
DECIDE was designed to provide an innovative model and the pertinent tools to reduce the gap factor between large, specialized research and healthcare centres and little hospitals. The latter are, at the moment virtually excluded from the access to large reference databases and leading-edge tools to support their daily work and, should they have access to them, they would possibly not have the competences to exploit them. During the project lifetime, 5 applications dedicated to prevalent and socially impacting neurological and psychiatric conditions, AD in particular, were deployed on the e-Infrastructure and are now available via a simple web portal to early adopters from Research and Healthcare centres across EU. However the DECIDE e-Infrastructure is extensible to new applications and use cases and the existing ones are just the proof-of-concept demonstration of how our approach can really make a difference for patients, and the public health system. A model of health services as the one promoted in DECIDE can be an invaluably powerful engine for the promotion of the economy in the EU and outside.