Refer to the DITIS
Brochure, as presented at eHealth
2003, or read on..
ΔΙΤΗΣ stands for Network for Medical Collaboration
and is a system that supports the dynamic creation, management
and co-ordination of virtual collaborative medical teams,
for the continuous treatment of patients with chronic diseases
at home and specialist healthcare centres.
The aim of DITIS is to deliver a product
that can improve the quality of the citizen´s life.
Contrary to today´s health processing structure which
is, in all practical terms facility-based care, this project
aims to shift the focus onto home-based care, where everything
is moving around the patient. The virtual healthcare team
will be able to provide dedicated, personalized and private
service to the home residing patient on a need based and
timely fashion, under the direction of the treating specialist.
Thus, it is expected that chronically and severely ill patients,
such as cancer patients, can enjoy “optimum“ health
service in the comfort of their home while feeling safe
and secure. In case of a change in their condition, the
health care team will be (virtually) present to support
DITIS is an Internet (web) based Group Collaboration system
with secure fixed and mobile (GPRS/GSM/WAP) connectivity.
It employs Mobile Agents, Web Databases with Java Database
Connectivity for storage and processing of information,
including Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and coding of
diagnosis and health care protocols pertinent to cancer
patients, software for collaborative work, intelligent interface
for uniform access to the common database and the Group
Collaboration software for both fixed and mobile computing
units. See more on research here.
The system was initiated in 1999 as a two
year research project and has since then been funded by
a number of organizations: the Cyprus Research Promotion
Foundation, the University of Cyprus, Cyprus Association
of Cancer Patients and Friends(PASYKAF), and NetU consultants
Ltd. DITIS has also been supported by the Cyprus Telecommunications
Authority (CYTA), WinMob Technologies Ltd, Ericsson (through
S.A. Petrides Ltd), Microsoft, and the Cyprus Development
Bank (CDB). See more on project Sponsors here.
DITIS is currently supporting the activities
of PASYKAF who offer home-care services for cancer patients
in Cyprus. Plans are in place for a second phase of the
project, leading to pan Cyprian deployment with emphasis
on tele-collaboration, and commercialization opportunities
(see summary of DITIS
II goals). In 2003, DITIS secured renewed infrastructure
support from CYTA, a grant from the Microsoft Research Center
in Cambridge, UK, and a second grant from the Research Promotion
Foundation in Cyprus for continuing development on phase
two. The team is actively seeking additional support from