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The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) is the largest University of Applied Sciences and the second largest higher education institution in Switzerland. With over 20’000 students, 28 schools in 7 cantons, HES-SO is organised in six faculties, and comprises 10’000 employees, with approx. 700 FTE dedicated to R&D activities.

Education and research at HES-SO are oriented towards practical applications in technology development and human sciences. HES-SO undertakes research projects with a wide range of partners, including research centres and universities in Switzerland or abroad, as well as public or private companies and institutions. Strongly anchored in the regional economy, HES-SO collaborates closely with SMEs, and its R&D also extends to certain aspects of industrial-scale production.

HES-SO has strong involvement in international cooperation and profound experience in European projects (32 collaborative EU projects, including 3 as coordinator). The Institute of Information Systems (IIG) of HES-SO Valais-Wallis, specialises in the development of applied and innovative information systems. The Institute is active in high value-added areas of the local economy such as eHealth, personalised health, artificial intelligence applications, eServices, eGovernment, eEnergy (energy management) or ERP. The Institute also encourages knowledge and technology transfer between universities and the economy, develops an interdisciplinary approach and promotes international collaboration by participating in European and international research programmes.

The Institute of Information Systems at HES-SO Valais-Wallis has gained solid experience in the coordination of complex interdisciplinary projects related to digital health and eHealth, at national and international level. In particular, through its eHealth Unit, it has proven experience in EU projects, for instance by undertaking the general and/or scientific coordination of the VISCERAL and Khresmoi projects on medical information analysis and retrieval.

HES-SO also participated in the EU project COMMODITY12 with the development of sensor-based mHealth applications for the multi-parametric analysis of diabetes type 1 and 2 patients. Furthermore, the unit has developed expertise in health record data interchange and the usage of standards (HL7, FHIR), as well as the development of privacy and anonymity preserving algorithms for health data exchange ( ISyPeM2 project). It has also worked on blockchain-based healthcare data management and on a prototype of a framework for managing and sharing EMR data for cancer patient care.

Role in the PERSIST project

HES-SO will be concentrated in Cohort and trajectory analysis and will also collaborate in the integration of the big data ecosystem. Additionally it will collaborate in he architecture definition and will also participate in dissemination events to present the results of the main challenge of AI for cancer survivors trajectories prediction.

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