Achieving Self-directed Integrated Cancer Aftercare

Can we use tablets to monitor skin cancer? The ASICA project is looking to improve the experience of aftercare for those diagnosed with melanoma, especially those living in remote & rural communities.

For more information, please contact Matt Dennis.

The ASICA project seeks to improve the experience of aftercare for those diagnosed with melanoma, especially those living in remote and rural communities. All such patients are at risk of a recurrence or a second melanoma and research indicates that the two-years following diagnosis is a particularly anxious time for patients. Patients in remote and rural communities incur considerable costs to attend scheduled hospital follow-up and face an anxious wait until concerns are addressed. This project uses technology to empower patients to monitor their own skin using an application which reminds them how and when to do it, and how to react if a concern arises. In such situations the ASICA intervention proposes that rapid resolution of anxiety be achieved via: telephone advice from a nurse specialist; the transmission of high quality photographs for assessment by a consultant; or a three-way web enabled consultation between a remote specialist and a co-located GP and patient. The consultation will also be further enabled with digital dermoscopy for accurate assessment of worrying new skin lesions by a remotely situated dermatologist. The project will explore the application and integration of different enabling and complementary technologies and has the potential to reduce the burden of travel to distant cancer centres for follow up appointments.

Project Objectives

Technology to Empower

How can digital technology empower patients to monitor their own skin?

Technology for Compliance

Investigate the best ways to use technology so that patients complete skin checks on time and accurately.

Dealing with Changes

How can the tablet app be used so that referrals happen quickly and effectively?


  • Dr Peter Murchie (Associate Investigator), Primary Care, Applied Health
  • Professor Judith Masthoff (Associate-Investigator), Computing Science
  • Dr Matt Dennis (Research Fellow) Computing Science
  • Kirsten Smith (Research Assistant)
  • Susan Hall (Research Assistant)

Project Partners

We are working with the following partners on this project



Key Outcomes

  • The  ASICA systems is in receipt of dot.rural Knowledge Exchange Funding working with NHS Grampian.