The prevalence and morbidity of thyroid diseases in China have risen sharply in the past ten years. The increasing prevalence, morbidity and change in distribution of thyroid nodule problem and thyroid cancer have become a big public health concern. As a pioneer in China, the Department of Ultrasonic in Peking Union Medical College Hospital used our system to launch a research project of “Risk Assessment of Thyroid Nodules by Ultrasound Screening & Dynamic Follow-up of Different Malignant Risk Groups”, aiming to fill the knowledge gap in this research area and establish the thyroid nodule risk assessment mode for Chinese population for the first time.
In September 2016, The Thyroid Nodules Screening & Risk Assessment System passed validation by experts from Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Chinese PLA General Hospital as “scientific, feasible and authoritative which can be implemented."
Based on the ATA2015 guideline, The Thyroid Nodules Screening & Risk Assessment System takes results of ultrasound and questionnaires to evaluate thyroid nodules using big data analysis technology, providing personalized assessment and follow-up examination recommendations for patients at different risk levels. TI-RADS grade is also provided.
For physicians' convenience, we provide structured templates for medical ultrasound results so that physical examination centers can collect thyroid ultrasound data and establish structured database, which enables analysis and data mining.
Patients can stay in contact with physicians through smartphone apps, which periodically push notifications about thyroid health information. By using customer service function which implanted in app, community specialist physicians would able to give health management suggestions and professional guidance.
Twenty hours free professional training was provided for for medical examination physicians during this project, and all lecturers were experts from Peking Union Medical College Hospital, to improve physicians' skills and accuracy of ultrasonic descriptions. The continuing education platform and online lectures enables further communication with experts.
By integrating the Thyroid Nodules Screening & Risk Assessment System, more physical examination centers are able to provide thyroid module assessment and follow-up examination services in addition to routine thyroid examinations (thyroid ultrasound, thyroid function test, etc.).