smartCARE kick-off meeting
The smartCARE Consortium held the project kick-off meeting on 28-29 March 2023 and was welcomed at the European Parliament by MEP István Ujhelyi (Hungary). The project is currently developing a Cancer Survivor Smart Card in the form of a mobile application that will improve the quality of life and facilitate patient empowerment. The application will allow survivors easy access to treatment summary that can be shared with relatives and professionals and providing access to broad ranges of essential resources and functionalities enhancing quality of life. The project also represents an efficient way for health systems to keep up with evolving evidence and best practices. This initiative falls under the fourth pillar of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan - quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and carers, and responds to its flagships 8 and 10.
The project acts as an important initiative as it places cancer survivors in a defining role. An extensive users’ needs assessment is currently underway in an effort to achieve the fullest understanding of the range of survivors’, caregiver’ and healthcare professionals’ needs that could prove vital for increasing quality of life. Particular understanding is gained in respect to paediatric, AYA and adult cancer survivor needs and the needs of cancer survivors with co-morbidities.
SIOP Europe is leading the smartCARE Work Package 5 responsible for Communication and Dissemination of the Project.