It has become a tradition within BEAMER to gather during the autumn months for a technical progress assessment and to strategize upcoming efforts. This year was no exception. The Consortium convened in the charming city of Thessaloniki, Greece, for a two-day event from October 19 to 20, 2023, hosted by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, a key partner leading several technical BEAMER solutions.
Originally, the meeting in Thessaloniki was primarily intended to delve into the architecture and components of BEAMER solutions, discussing their current status, updates, and future directions. However, as discussions around the agenda matured, it became evident that the collaborative efforts during the meeting would also help define the BEAMER ecosystem and its solutions, expanding the horizons of its impact on the healthcare industry. Most importantly, it explored potential outcomes for patients through a deeper understanding of adherence.
Over the course of the two-day agenda, the Consortium worked diligently to assess the status of BEAMER Models, discussing the detailed architecture of the BEAMER ecosystem, technical implementation foundations, and all the tasks on the roadmap from the current point to the alignment of future action items. A particular focus was given to the data that would be utilized, newly generated, and mapped to existing standards, such as OMOP (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership). It’s worth mentioning that the BEAMER team consistently evaluates industry trends and initiatives supporting data, tools, and knowledge interoperability, which the Thessaloniki meeting strongly showcased.
One of the most significant successes arising from the meeting’s preparation and live collaboration was the development of a clear plan with key milestones on the path to BEAMER Proof-of-Concept (PoC) – v1 and beyond. The team finalized a set of user workflows and core expected functionalities derived from user needs, with a focus on usability and other aspects of the interfaces, following a user-centred design approach.
This meeting, which welcomed numerous technical partners, provided an invaluable opportunity for the team to better understand each other’s approaches and talents, which is vital given the ambitious project plan and the need for extensive joint efforts. The discussions and joint exercises fostered agreements among partners, ensuring clarity in roles, responsibilities, and technical operations within BEAMER.
As the partners left the technical meeting, they did so with renewed enthusiasm, eagerly anticipating the upcoming opportunities in the BEAMER journey. These opportunities will lead to the Adherence Intelligence Visualization Platform delivering BEAMER Models to analyze patient adherence and the establishment of an Adherence Data Lab, which will support research, development, and future innovation in the field of adherence.