The project – TBICARE– aims to come up with a software solution for daily diagnosing and also focuses on new ways to extract information from numerous and heterogeneous databases. Ultimately, this will lead to computer modelling that will allow predicting the outcome of treatments for individual patients. This is particularly important for brain trauma where the hours following the accident can make a crucial difference.
Dr Mark van Gils, TBICARE’s scientific coordinator, explains that under the project "patients are tested for many different things when they arrive at an emergency department. The care team would look at their awareness and reactivity, and at how much oxygen is in their blood, for example. They also explore the potential of more sophisticated measurements – for example testing for proteins that indicate different types of damage to the patient's brain tissue in their circulation, and using imaging to look for internal bleeding. We want to see which tests give the best indicators of the patient’s likely outcome."
Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, said: "I am proudthat EU funds help researchers develop digital tools that can save lives. This project also shows the power of data in solving real-life problems".
The project is funded by the EU (nearly GBP3 million out of a total budget of GBP 3.4 million) under a wider initiative - Virtual Physiological Human Initiative - to mobilise ICT in support of clinical work.
New software tool to help better diagnosis