Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group
The Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG) will develop the European Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast Cancer Services (the European QA scheme) to set common quality and safety requirements for person-centred breast cancer services in Europe. The scheme will cover all the processes of breast cancer care (screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation & supportive care, follow-up & survivorship care and palliative care) and will be underpinned by the accreditation legal framework and evidence from guidelines.
The QASDG discusses and selects the requirements within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before piloting are subject of open calls for feedback launched online. After piloting, the so validated scheme will become operative on voluntary basis throughout Europe.
The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care).
The QASDG is supported by the external contractors EA- European Co-operation for Accreditation for the accreditation legal framework and for the coordination of national accreditation bodies, by CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre for literature review and by IQ healthcare to develop indicators.
Members and external experts
QASDG External Expert
Thanos Kosmidis holds a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computing from Imperial College, and a Master of Science in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is also an Advanced Study Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His expertise spans multiple disciplines around research and development and commercial application across the fields of information technology, telecommunications and healthcare. Mr Kosmidis has held positions of increasing seniority in the high-tech industry in the United States and in Europe. Furthermore, he has led several large projects from inception to delivery, managing the complete lifecycle of products and services, and personnel which spans multiple countries.
Most recently, he co-founded Care Across, an online platform for cancer patients and caregivers. The platform provides cancer patients with reliable, evidence-based information, support, guidance and interactive tools. This way, Care Across helps those affected by cancer to manage their day-to-day lives with their condition, strengthening their partnership with their medical team.
A frequently invited speaker to scientific and entrepreneurial conferences across Europe, Mr Kosmidis is the national chapter leader for the Health 2.0 organization, and a mentor in many digital health programs for startups.