Can we utilize real-world data to support colorectal cancer control?

Postconference workshop

May 5, 2012

Chairs: O. Májek, T. Pavlík + contributing speakers: M. Blaha, J. Mužík

This methodically oriented workshop will discuss data sources required to manage CRC control in contrast to their accessibility in routine clinical practice. Innovative solutions in automated merging and mining of heterogeneous multi-professional databases will be proposed and discussed. The main issues to be addressed involve questions such as:

  • Is it possible to make effective (and ethically correct) use of data collected in real clinical practice in hospitals and diagnostic centres?
  • How can we solve an insufficient functionality of electronic medical records?
  • Can data from real-world health environment provide usable insights into the CRC control?


  • J. Mužík: Hospital-based data in regional and local strategies optimizing CRC control and management: real-world outcomes of the Czech National Cancer Control Programme
  • M. Blaha: Automated exploration and mining of real-life hospital cancer care data as a challenge for IT experts – a proposal of functional solution
  • O. Májek: Can we utilize hospital-based data to improve the performance of CRC screening?
  • Other short contributions from the audience are welcome.

Multidisciplinary discussion dealing with important organizational aspects of CRC screening will focus on:

  • Real-world data and controlled trial: competitive or complementary information sources?
  • Electronic medical records optimized to support CRC prevention
  • How to facilitate the pathway: data => information => effective communication
  • Most influential barriers to real-world data processing and proposed solutions
    • Heterogeneity and lack of harmonization in hospital information systems
    • Lowered data quality and analytically extractable content of medical databases
    • Ethical issues and legislative barriers


This workshop is organized within the project „Educational and informative platform for comprehensive cancer centers for support and modernization of education in medical and allied domains" (CZ1.07/2.4.00/31.0020), which is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic.