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How to advance paediatric care improving diagnosis and treatment outcomes through the adoption of model-based clinical decision support systems: this has been the key theme of the MD-Paedigree Final Conference, the project final dissemination event which took place on May 22-23, 2017 in Rome at Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù Auditorium San Paolo. Here, representatives of the Consortium partners rounded up to present the project final results in the different research areas and discuss future perspectives with project reviewers, EC members, renowned experts of the field and institutions’ representatives. Indeed, the conference hosted high standing personalities such as Walter Ricciardi (President of Istituto Superiore di Sanità), Terje Peetso (Head of Policy Sector – Unit eHealth, Wellbeing & Ageing/H3 – DG Connect, European Commission), Natalia Manola (University of Athens and head of the Open Aire Project) and Torsten Niederdrank (Vice President of Siemens Corporate Technology). The live streaming of the whole Final Conference is available at Ospedale Pediatrico Bambinò Gesù YouTube channel.

The event was structured in some plenary sessions and parallel workshops dedicated to the different disease areas (i.e. paediatric cardiomyopathies, cardiovascular disease risk in obese children and adolescents, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, neurological and neuromuscular disorders), genetic and metagenomic studies, the role of digital e-infrastructure and data analytics tools for clinical research and everyday clinical practice, and the ethical and legal implications of MD-Paedigree vision. The reviewers expressed high favourable comments on the project final outcomes, highlighting as despite several criticalities remarked during the project path, the Consortium has been able to identify critical strategies to overcome them and reach remarkable results in its final stage.

“We are at the conclusion of a long but successful story” commented Prof. Bruno Dallapiccola, the Project Coordinator. “It has been quite a big effort to put together 22 centres from 10 countries and 2 continents, but at the end of these four-year project I must say that we are happy with the results: as our goal was to obtain advanced computational systems related to the clinical activity, we are now on the point of moving closer to the system medicine approach in clinics”. By providing a proof-of-concept for the strategic value of the clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) in clinical care, the project has in fact contributed to lead this critical research area to a new phase, dedicated to focused efforts on applied research for further implementation of mature technologies.

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