eCAN JA - EU Joint Action on strengthening eHealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for cancer prevention and care

Last updated on 20-3-2023 by Marinka Vangenck
September 15, 2022
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In short

The eCAN JA (EU Joint Action on strengthening eHealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for cancer prevention and care) involves 16 countries and 35 key partners working in public health institutes, universities, hospitals, cancer centres and patient associations across Europe. Over the course of this two-year project coordinated by Sciensano, the consortium will explore the impact of teleconsultation and telemonitoring by conducting multi-centric pilots in different populations of cancer patients.

Project summary

Across Europe, receiving a timely cancer diagnosis and/of surviving the disease differs considerably because of inequalities in preventive policies, access to state-of-the art diagnostics, treatments and care. The projection is that the number of diagnosed cancer cases may increase by a fourth by 2035. Therefore, the usage of telemedicine in healthcare has now even more been acknowledged as important in responding to epidemic situations, including the COVID-19 one. The exchange of best practices on the use of digital tools (such as online consultations and real-time clinical data exchange) could during cross-border emergencies and health crises provide assistance to individuals and patients living in remote and rural areas.

There is a need to harmonize telemedicine regulations and to explore the efficacy of teleconsultation programs and telemonitoring in the cancer field. The eCAN JA explores their role in two clinical trials focused on tele-rehabilitation and tele-psychological support in different populations of cancer patients (Breast Cancer, Head and Neck cancer and advanced cancer at recurrence) in 10 European countries. PREMs shall be monitored by dedicated telemonitoring systems, and a secure platform will provide dashboards for decision support enabling future AI applications.

The JAs outputs will:

  • facilitate the development of modular/interoperable solutions that build on regional/national infrastructures
  • inform telemedicine services with a strong focus on users.

Lessons learned from the deployment of the intervention will inform mutual learning and knowledge exchange for better health system resilience and preparedness. The project aims to bring the benefits of eHealth to all citizens and patients across EU-Member States (MS) focusing on cancer prevention and care.

Work Package (WP)

Leading institute, country

WP 1 Project management and coordination

Sciensano, BE

WP 2 Communication

Catalan Institute of Oncology, ES

WP 3 Evaluation

Maria Skłodowska Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, PL

WP 4 Sustainability

Austrian National Public Health Institute, AT

WP 5 Teleconsultation

Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, IT

WP 6 Legal, ethical framework and cybersecurity

Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, IT

WP 7 Telemonitoring

National eHealth Authority, CY

WP 8 Stakeholder engagement, education and training

3rd Regional Health Authority, EL


External project investigators: 

  • National Institute For Health And Disability Insurance, BE
  • Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, BE
  • Service Public Federal Sante Publique Securite De La Chaine Alimentaire Et Environnement, BE
  • Gesundheit Österreich Gmbh, AT
  • Region Syddanmark, DK
  • Institut Catala Oncologia, ES
  • Fundacion Instituto De Investigacion Marques De Valdecilla, ES
  • Servicio Andaluz De Salud, ES
  • Dioikisi 3is Ygeionomikis Perifereias Makedonias, EL
  • Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis, EL
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, EL
  • Geniko Nosokomeio Papageorgiou, EL
  • Health Service Executive Hse, IE
  • Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri, IT
  • Istituto Nazionale Tumori Fondazione Pascale, IT
  • Ospedale San Raffaele Srl, IT
  • Viesoji Istaiga Vilniaus Universiteto Ligonine Santaros Klinikos, LT
  • Nacionalinis Vezio Institutas, LT
  • Lietuvos Sveikatos Mokslu Universiteto Ligonine Kauno Klinikos, Lt
  • Ministry For Health Government Of Malta, MT
  • Narodowy Instytut Onkologii Im Marii Sklodowskie Curie Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy, PL
  • Onkoloski Institut Ljubljana, SI
  • Narodne Centrum Zdravotnickych Informacii, SK
  • National Ehealth Authority, CY
  • Technologiko Panepistimio Kyprou, CY
  • Pagkyprios Syndesmos Karkinopathon Kai Filon 1986, CY
  • Administracao Central Do Sistema Desaude Ip, PT
  • Ministerio Da Saude Republica Portuguesa, PT
  • Instituto Portugues De Oncologia De Lisboa Francisco Gentil Epe, PT
  • Instituto Portugues De Oncologia Do Porto Francisco Gentil Epe, PT
  • Spms Servicos Partilhados Do Ministerio Da Saude Epe, PT
  • Instituto Português De Oncologia De Coimbra Francisco Gentil, PT
  • Helsedirektoratet, NO
  • Orszagos Onkologiai Intezet, HU

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