LEVERAGING COMMUNITY AND CONNECTIVITY TO IMPROVE
CANCER OUTCOMES

OUR PROGRAM
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ENHANCED INTEGRATED CANCER REGISTRIES

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MOLECULAR AND CLINICAL DATA

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NATIONAL CLINICAL TRIALS INFRASTRUCTURE

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BEST PRACTICES AND TRAINING

MEET IUCKA
THE COMMUNITY AND CONNECTIVITY

India today is on the verge of a cancer epidemic. But, India also has world-class capabilities for research and clinical care, which in the aggregate differentiate it from all other countries. India's unique assets present the opportunity to accelerate relevant research, improve clinical outcomes, and give the indigenous Indian IT industry competitive advantages globally. Developing real-time connectivity will build strong decision support for the front lines of clinical care, an engine for discovery and clinical research, and a learning healthcare system to inform both research and care.

OUR MISSION

We believe in power for the collective effort. Leveraging the collective power of all members of the cancer community, the India-US Cancer Knowledge Alliance's (IUCKA) mission is to enable and facilitate the generation, use and reuse of knowledge in India through the country’s institutions, people, technology and data.


To achieve its mission, IUCKA members will help provide capabilities for rapid, seamless data exchange, through sharing of information technology, expertise and services that support Indian platforms such as the National Cancer Grid and help to keep India’s technology industry at the forefront globally.

WHERE WE STARTED

IUCKA was founded out of a joint effort between the Open Health System Laboratory (OHSL), Arizona State University (ASU). OHSL’s efforts to create a global collaboration alliance for cancer research is consistent with ASU’s goal to build complex and adequate systems for health and medical research. This unique opportunity complements well and will assist India’s “Skilling India” initiative.


IUCKA is a public-private partnership of all stakeholders — including academe, government and industry — who are dedicated to enabling technological and cultural ‘connections’ that improve cancer outcomes.

IMPACT

Helping people provide knowledge driven and collaborative cancer care

A knowledge network that connects the researchers, clinician, patients and policymakers across various institutions into a networked ecosystem can enable rapid aggregation of collective experience, rapid learning and collaboration, with the ultimate aim of improving clinical outcomes.


Each of the projects below can be enabled by IUCKA for both near- and longer-term impact:

  • Common, shareable repository of aggregated and integrated molecular and clinical data
  • Integrated cancer registries
  • Clinical trials at multiple sites
  • Virtual clinical training
CASE STUDIES
Leveraging Cognitive Computing for Cancer Care

Partnering with OHSL, Arizona State University, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMs), Persistent Systems and Doxper, IUCKA is participating in IBM Watson's Early Adoption Program (EAP). The 12-week-long program is an opportunity for IUCKA to test an early proof of concept for one of its many projects. Through EAP, IUCKA will leverage some of IBM Watson’s Cognitive Health capabilities to build a scalable health informatics solution that can be applied to a network of cancer research institutions, hospitals, and government of India.

Exploring Application of Quantitative Imaging

In recent years, the radiology research community has increasingly turned its focus on quantifying imaging data. With technology, computers could assist in quantifying the imaging variations and provide an additional objective interpretation for addressing the complexities of imaging findings. However, these tools usually lack interoperability and often require software languages and equipment that are different from existing systems.


Rather than creating a new environment for the QIN tools to work, IUCKA created Docker-supported software containers. The containers wrap data in a complete filesystem and run data regardless of the environment it is in. With support from the Quantitative Imaging Network (QIN) — a National Cancer Institute (NCI) project aimed at promoting research and developing quantitative clinical imaging tools — IUCKA collaborated with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Bangalore, India to test our newly developed software containers. The result was a successful proof of concept in measuring our Docker capability with the state-of-the-art imaging tools and the computing environment needed in a package. IUCKA also teamed up with the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and successfully transferred the imaging tools to CDAC that were set up at the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India.

GET IN TOUCH

  • support@ohsl.us
    Tel: 301-760-4014

  • 9601 Medical Center Dr., Suite #302
    Rockville, MD 20850