eCAN : Joint Action on strengthening ehealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for cancer prevention and care

Work Programme : EU4Health

Type of Action : Joint Action

Budget €5M

Project duration : 15 September 2022 – 15 September 2024 (24 months)

Lead Coordinator : Sciensano, Belgium

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Domain / Area : Diagnosis & treatments, Care & Care organisation, Quality of Life

 Main objectives

 Across Europe, receiving a timely cancer diagnosis and of surviving the disease differs considerably because of inequalities in preventive policies, access to state-of-the art diagnostics, treatments and care. The projection is that the number of diagnosed cancer cases may increase by a fourth by 2035. Therefore, the usage of telemedicine in healthcare has now even more been acknowledged as important in responding to epidemic situations, including the COVID-19 one. The exchange of best practices on the use of digital tools (such as online consultations and real-time clinical data exchange) could during cross-border emergencies and health crises provide assistance to individuals and patients living in remote and rural areas. This Joint Action (JA) called ‘Strengthening eHealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for CANcer prevention and care (eCAN)’ aims to bring the benefits of eHealth to all citizens and patients across EU-Member States (MS) focusing on cancer prevention and care. There is a need to harmonize telemedicine regulations and to explore the efficacy of teleconsultation programs and telemonitoring in the cancer field. The eCAN JA explores their role in two clinical trials focused on tele-rehabilitation and tele-psychological support in different populations of cancer patients (Breast Cancer, Head and Neck cancer and advanced cancer at recurrence) in 10 European countries. PREMs shall be monitored by dedicated telemonitoring systems, and a secure platform will provide dashboards for decision support enabling future AI applications. The JAs outputs will: i) facilitate the development of modular/interoperable solutions that build on regional/national infrastructures, ii) inform telemedicine services with a strong focus on users (patient and health care providers). Lessons learned from the deployment of the intervention will inform mutual learning and knowledge exchange for better health system resilience and preparedness.



  • 35 partners
  • 16 countries


  • WP 1 : Project management and coordination Sciensano, BE
  • WP 2 : Communication Catalan Institute of Oncology, ES
  • WP 3 :  Evaluation Maria Skłodowska Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, PL
  • WP 4 :  Sustainability Austrian National Public Health Institute, AT
  • WP 5 : Teleconsultation Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, IT
  • WP 6 : Legal, ethical framework and cybersecurity Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, IT
  • WP 7 : Telemonitoring National eHealth Authority, CY
  • WP 8 : Stakeholder engagement, education and training 3rd Regional Health Authority, EL


  • A5. Improving the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors

Link to Cancer Mission / recommendations

  • R8: Create a European Cancer Patient Digital Centre where cancer patients and survivors can deposit and share their data for personalised care
  • R12: Accelerate innovation and implementation of new technologies and create Oncology-focused Living Labs to conquer cancer
  • R13: Transform cancer culture, communication and capacity building


  • Networks
  • Expertise
  • Cancer


Autres projets

ECHoS : Establishing of Cancer Mission Hubs: Networks and Synergies

PREHDICT : Health-economic modelling of PREvention strategies for Hpv-related DIseases in European CounTries

Haute Autorité de la Santé (France) : Soutien à l'introduction du dépistage HPV

EU-TOPIA : “TOwards imProved screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer In All of EUrope”

Centre for Disease Control (USA) : Mises à jour des revues systématiques


Unité Epidémiologie Cancer Triage HPV AUSTRALIA

CoheaHr : Comparing health services interventions for the prevention of HPV-related cancer

HPV OncoPredict (Horizon 2020)

Unité Epidémiologie Cancer HPV OncoPredict (Horizon 2020)

Healthy Cloud : Health Research & Innovation Cloud

PERCH : PartnERship to Contrast HPV

Unité Epidémiologie Cancer PERCH : PartnERship to Contrast HPV

GDI : Genomic Data Infrastructure

European Health Data Space GDI : Genomic Data Infrastructure

CanScreen-ECIS : Strengthening Cancer Screening data collection to update European Cancer Information System and improve quality and coverage of cancer screening programmes in Europe : A Coordination and Support Action to prepare platform

CAN.HEAL, Building the EU Cancer and Public Health Genomics : Action grants for ‘Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment for All’ including ‘Genomic for Public Health’

JANE : Joint Action on European Networks of Expertise


CRaNE : Joint Action on EU Network of Comprehensive Cancer Centres

B1MG : B1+M Genomes