OncologyInMotion

Twinning solution

Software for breast-cancer patient data collection and evaluation in real time

Twinning type

Partial adoption

Main policy priority

Digital tools for citizen empowerment and for person-centred care

Originator

IRCCS CRO of Aviano (Italy)

Adopter(s)

Poliklinika Peharec of Pula (Croatia)

Short description

OncologyInMotion aims to help patients recover faster from both a physical and psychological way after a surgical breast cancer operation. The idea is to create a multilingual software that collects patient data of physical activity in real-time and trying to stimulate as much as possible the execution of at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity, given the fact that assisted rehabilitation performs better than self-management.
Using the software via a mobile app will prevent losing patient data that do not proceed with check-ups and will promote higher patient health and digital literacy as it’s no necessary anymore for the patient to repetitively upload and download data . During periodic patient check-ups, the health institutions will then be able to monitor activities during the period at home due to the recorded data. The twinning solution can also be adapted and applied to other, non-oncological pathologies, as the adopter is planning to do.

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Twinning activities

To search for the most suitable and competitive software house, twinning personnel contacted numerous software houses. Quotes were requested from the three software houses that had the most suitable features. After receiving the three quotes, the twinning team analysed them and checked which software house offered the required services in accordance with the budget. The selected software house created the site and application, Android and Apple version.

Outcomes

The twinning grant made it possible to develop the necessary software to follow the physical activity performed remotely by the patients, combined with an application to be installed on the patient’s smartphone. The “Oncology in Motion” application collects data from the Google Fit free app (developed with the involvement of the World Health Organization) and communicates them to the platform. The staff can access data and set personalised goals of steps and cardio activity, continually monitor the progress, sending customised notifications to users whenever necessary.

Added value and benefits

The “Oncology in Motion” application has saved staff costs and the project may be extended to other pathologies.

Barriers and success factors

The key to success was the ability to collect and combine many different ideas to achieve a common goal. Each person has a different background and brings useful information. The “Oncology in Motion” project based on co-production is an example of this. The barrier to the twinning was the diversity of the various countries that collaborate (for example different legislation, different language, different needs) which, however, can be overcome with a minimum of effort.

Outlook

The project aims to extend its methodology and results to geriatrics, diabetology and chronic hypertension. To present the innovative idea, conferences and workshops will be held. Seminars and events will be organised to establish new contacts with other interested institutions in the field.