The white paper’s central proposal is to create an Oncology Data Model; including data capture standards and protection.
Cancer care in India could be revolutionised by Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, according to a white paper released with the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The paper, FIRST Cancer Care: Towards a new data model with Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, is the result of work carried out by WEF’s India Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Fourth Industrial Revolution for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Cancer Care white paper, sets out a strategy for using the latest technologies to address priorities in preventative care, curative care and governance. It asserts that Artificial Intelligence, the internet of things, and blockchain will ‘all transform healthcare delivery in India.’
The paper was developed collaboratively, with more than 30 expert stakeholders, over many meetings, looking to determine how Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies could revolutionise cancer care. ‘Cancer data gets fragmented due to the long and complex nature of diagnosis, treatment and care. A clinical research environment, founded on trustworthy, anonymous and annotated datasets on different types of cancer is badly needed,’ the WEF said. The white paper’s central proposal is to create an Oncology Data Model; including data capture standards and protection.
Purushottam Kaushik, Head, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum, India commented; ‘This model – described as a game changer among emerging tech interventions – would ensure data capture along every step of the patient journey, while avoiding duplication and ensuring privacy.’
The white paper recommends testing the proposed technology solutions in two or three district-level pilots in each state, and scaling up once success has been demonstrated.