UST cancer-monitoring app receives grant from int’l org

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A HEALTH-monitoring mobile application by a University research team has received a grant from an international organization of physicians and oncologists.

The project, titled “A Mobile Application for Monitoring Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Care,” was one of the four recipients of the 2016 International Innovation Grant of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation.

The researchers developed a prototype mobile app called iComPAss (Internet-based Computerized Patient Assessment System) in 2014 to facilitate the remote monitoring of patients’ symptoms and to enable physicians to advise patients on the need for a follow-up visit.

The research was led by Teresa Sy Ortin, director of the UST Hospital Benavides Cancer Institute, and Jocelyn Que, chief program officer of the UST Center for Pain Medicine.

The one-year research grant will provide up to $20,000 or P1,000,000 in support of projects that will have an impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries.

With the grant, the research team is working on the clinical validation of the mobile application that it has developed, to facilitate monitoring of patient-reported outcomes. It is expected to be completed by 2017.

ASCO International is the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals for people with cancer. It has more than 40,000 oncology professionals worldwide.

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