The work plan of the C3-Cloud project is divided into a series of work packages which are responsible for different activities in the project.
Work package 1 deals with project management. It looks after making sure the whole work plan proceeds smoothly, troubleshooting any issues that arise, reporting on progress to the European Commission, financial reporting and supporting internal communications amongst the project partners.
Work package 2 coordinates the information and the channels used to communicate about the project, its progress and results to organisations and communities across Europe, and internationally. It looks after the design and content of the website, and supports all of the partners with producing materials for conferences and academic papers. This work package also considers how the results of the project, especially its technology solutions, can be adopted more widely by companies and healthcare systems after the project is over, and how research can continue to improve on the results we produce. This work package make sure that the ownership rights of all of the partners is protected when licensing the C3-Cloud software to other companies and health services.
Work package 3 deals with the design of the C3-Cloud solution (its system architecture). It is responsible for collecting the user requirements from patients and clinicians, from the three healthcare pilot sites in the UK, Sweden and Spain that will test the solutions. It is responsible for constructing the set of individual software components that need to work together to achieve a complete and useful solution, supporting clinicians and patients with care plans for multi-morbidity. It is also responsible for defining the security requirements the C3-Cloud solution must meet.
Work package 4 considers how the health systems in the three pilot site countries, the clinical teams and other professionals working in the hospitals and general practices involved, will need to work differently when using C3-Cloud solutions. It has examined how care for patients with multi-morbidity is carried out today, so it can work out the changes that each site will need to make in order to deliver better, more integrated and more patient empowered care. It will eventually publish recommendations for other health systems wishing to adopt the C3-Cloud solutions, so that they can do so smoothly and make best use of C3 cloud technology.
Work package 5 is responsible for designing and building the patient empowerment platform. This is the application that will be used by patients and their caregivers for self management of multiple health conditions, and for tracking their preventive health and lifestyle activities. It is also responsible for producing educational materials, such as a video, to help explain the problems associated with caring for patients with multi morbidity and how C3-Cloud is seeking to offer a better way of supporting such patients.
Work package 6 is responsible for developing the software that connects C3-Cloud to the electronic health records at each of the healthcare organisations involved in the study, for developing the software to integrate data from different database representations and terminologies. It is also responsible for building all of the security features needed to ensure that only authorised staff can access the records of each patient, and the audit trail that keeps a record of every access to the system that is made. This work package will also make sure that all of the databases are secured against unauthorised access, and that all of the communications occurring between computer systems are encrypted.
Work package 7 is responsible for building the software that will be used by clinicians to design care plans, personalised in collaboration with patients, and track the progress of each patient whenever their care is reviewed. This work package will also communicate to the patient empowerment platform (developed by work package 5), and is therefore responsible for integrating all of the software that makes up the C3-Cloud solution.
Work package 8 looks after the three pilot sites that are assessing the successful use of the C3-Cloud solutions. There are clinical and technical representatives from each of the three pilot sites, in the UK, Sweden and Spain. The sites have jointly designed the way in which the study will be conducted, and the materials that will be used to train clinicians and patients. They have each organised workshops with patients, and with clinicians, to make sure that their user requirements are well understood and have been communicated to the technical teams developing C3-Cloud software.
Work package 9 is leading the evaluation and impact assessment of the study. It is responsible for designing questionnaires and other assessment methods that will be used to establish the usability and use made of the C3-Cloud solutions at the pilot sites, and how clinicians and patients found the experience of using the applications. The evidence from the studies, analysed through this work package, is essential to help demonstrate the value of C3-Cloud’s approach and solutions, to justify wider adoption across Europe.
Work package 10 focuses on ethics. Its role is to make sure that the design of the software, and the design of the pilot studies, meets legal and ethical obligations, and is approved by all of the appropriate bodies, at each site.
These work packages are being undertaken by a consortium of twelve partnering organisations, including universities, healthcare providers and industry. You can find out about these twelve partners here.