Macmillan Improving Cancer Care
How could game theory be utilised to redesign cancer care?
The DHI, University of Abertay , NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Macmillan are prototyping a tool that will use analytics to predict the service needs of people living with cancer in the future. The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will identify the frequency of services used by people diagnosed with cancer, and identify factors that influence usage to inform future models of service delivery.
“The Macmillan-DHI-Abertay partnership is an innovative application of games technology and data mining to explore optimisation of highly complex service provision for individuals living with cancer. DHI were instrumental in recognising the application of expertise at Abertay to a hitherto unexplored challenge for Macmillan. The project has already delivered new insights into patterns in service use and DHI has been central to the project success through both their partnering role and effective management.”
- Janice Preston, Macmillan Head of Services, Scotland
Macmillan have over 270 referral services and have amassed a large amount of data through the ‘Improving Cancer Journeys’ initiative in Glasgow. Macmillan wishes to utilise this data in order to better plan cancer referral services for the future.
Impact & Value
The user friendly tool will enable Macmillan staff:
- To offer a tailored referral service to the individual;
- To better plan and utilise resource effectively;
- And to offer better service for the patient.