Colloquium Computer Science: Prof. dr. C.N. Schizas (CS, University of Cyprus)
|When:||Th 21-06-2018 16:00 - 17:00|
|Where:||5161.0222 (Bernoulliborg), Nijenborgh 9, Groningen|
Title: EHealth for Precision Medicine
Digital health could be defined as the convergence between the digital revolution and medicine. In the field of medicine, digital technology has remained predominantly at hospital and research centre levels, and is yet to achieve its full potential. The term digital medicine is increasingly starting to be used synonymously with ideas such as mobile health, digital health, health IT, or eHealth, and encompasses numerous different concepts such as sensors, apps, telehealth, games, electronic health records, interoperability, and quantified self. The increasing importance of digital health is evident from the interest of technological giants such as Apple, Google and IBM investing significant resources and money in the field. The so-called digital revolution has also increased the awareness of the public which is anxious and demanding for clinical information systems to be put in place. Digital health is an integral part of precision medicine. For once, if the envisioned patient data clouds, containing billions of data points per individual (covering time-resolved, -omic profiling, environmental, imaging, medical and lifestyle data) are to become a reality, then practical concerns relating to data heterogeneity, data storage capacity, data uniformity, consent and data protection must be addressed. Complexity and, both monetary and human resource-cost of storage and analysis along with data accessibility also present major challenges to the advancement of precision medicine. The pace of novel data generation, the complexity revealed in pathogenic signalling networks (particularly for multifactorial disease) makes this an increasingly difficult task more suited to integrated teams comprising a range of specialists.