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The advance of digital technology continues to revolutionise all our lives on a seemingly ever-increasing basis. The provision of cancer care is no different in this respect.

Opportunities abound to improve practice in all areas of cancer care through better deployment of technology. This includes taking up tools already available, as well as harnessing rapidly emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. However, doing so in an effective and cost-efficient manner is no easy feat. Careful consideration is required with respect to such issues as implementation pitfalls, best practices, and the overall vision of future practice that is being sought.

Prof Regina Beets-Tan leading a session on Artificial Intelligence at the European Cancer Summit 2019. View the webcast here.

With this in mind, our new Network on Digital Health will aim to assist the European cancer community and policy-makers in navigating the challenges of digital cancer care and maximising its possibilities.

Regina Beets-Tan and Wim Oyen convened the first virtual meeting of Member Societies in May 2020, with a meeting with our Patient Advisory Committee and Community 365 scheduled for September.  Initial priorities identified by the Network include:

  • Defining and promoting research needs  

  • Providing a platform for promoting approved education opportunities for HCPs on Digital Health

  • Identifying and responding to relevant policy initiatives at the EU level (Cancer Mission, Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan) on Digital Health topics, such as GDPR, the European Health Data Space and the EU Cancer Mission Board’s proposal of a European Cancer Patient Digital Centre.

Following last year’s lively debate on Digital Health, led by Regina Beets-Tan, an opportunity will be taken at this year's European Cancer Summit on 18 & 19 November to articulate early reflections from the Network and we invite you to join us at our session on “The Digital Transformation of Cancer Care”. Find out more here.

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