In order to exchange opinions on complex and rare cases, clinicians from ERN member hospitals can gather in multidisciplinary expert panels, viewing and discussing a given case online. Bundling knowledge and experiences and consequently lowering the need for patients to travel is an essential goal of the ERNs.
The tool to conduct online discussions in a secure manner is the CPMS (Clinical Patient Management System).
Any case that falls within the disease scope of ERN-RND can be discussed within suitable expert panels in CPMS. In addition, we cooperate with the MLD initiative to help clinicians with difficult treatment decisions for MLD patients via a structured discussion process (MLD treatment eligibility panels).
What is the CPMs ?
The CPMS enables case discussions for multidisciplinary expert panels.
Who can use it ?
Clinicians affiliated with an ERN hospital or clinicans reffering their patients to ERN hospitals
How to use it ?
Follow our best practice
instructions, user guide
or obtain training for the perfect user experience.
For support in using CPMS or to receive training, get in touch with ERN-ERND’s CPMS Helpdesk.
What is the CPMS?
The CPMS is a secure IT platform used to support the European Reference Networks in the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases across national borders.
Health professionals can upload relevant patient data, images and examination findings as well as discuss the case in the panel of experts.
For this purpose, CPMS includes a consultation form with an adapted data structure, integrated DICOM viewer and a video conferencing tool. This enables the description of a patient case in a comprehensive manner.
By providing a structured and safe environment to exchange opinions, CPMS facilitates and intensifies the collaboration between expert centres within the European Reference Networks.
If due to a particularity of a certain patient case, additional expertise is needed that is not available in the given ERN, the case can be forwarded to another ERN, so that the relevant experts can discuss it or give their opinion (e.g. a case with intellectual disability traits can be moved to ERN-ITHACA to obtain specific advice from ITHACA‘s experts).
Similarly, the panel lead (clinician having entered the case) or the panel manager (CPMS Helpdesk) can invite individual experts from other ERNs to participate to a scheduled online discussion or to give their opinion, if they deem that this can be of added value.
In the near future, rare disease care pathways will be implemented at the regional or national level. These pathways will regulate which patients will be discussed in CPMS (gatekeeping function).
This short video here illustrates the goal and the added value of using the CPMS.
Who can use it?
You are a clinician working in a hospital member of an ERN:
Clinicians working in ERN Full Member and Associated Partner hospitals can have direct access to the CPMS. Please follow the instructions given in the section. - „How to use it /best practise?“.
You are a clinician working in a EU/EEA hospital non-member of an ERN:
You can refer your patient to the relevant ERN member hospital so that (s)he can get access to the ERN-RND expertise or request a CPMS guest access.
Examples of guest users are:
- The 'Point of Care specialist' (treating doctor) of a patient referred to the CPMS.
- Health professionals who need to upload patient data to a panel in agreement with an ERN Member or Affiliated Partner;
- Health professionals who are needed on a case by case basis, because of the clinical expertise they can bring to the specific consultation panel to which they are invited.
The CPMS is not directly accessible to individual patients.
How to use it / best practice
Follow the instructions of the Registration guide (ERN-RND member hospital clinicians only). If you are a clinician working in a non-member EU/EEA hospital, contact CPMS helpdesk for account creation.
Learn how to use CPMS either in an online training session, by reading the CPMS user guide (or CPMS Quick Guide), by watching our Instruction video and/or practice in the CPMS training environment (credentials upon request to CPMS helpdesk).
The CPMS model consent form is available in 25 European languages. Local/national regulations apply.
After you enrolled your case in CPMS, notify CPMS helpdesk via Email.
Provide the following information:
- Type of expertise you would need, e.g. pediatrician, geneticist
- Recommend experts as panel members OR state if the CPMS Helpdesk should choose
- State your focus for the case discussion/outcome, e.g. advice on treatment options
- If you would like to discuss your case in a meeting: Propose suitable time slots
For best progress, we generally recommend to discuss RND cases in online meetings with the respective experts.
Following the case discussion, the treating clinician can pursue recommendation from the panel experts with their patient.
Optional: another case discussion to present the new results (with the same or other panel members)
Using CPMS’s outcome function, summarize the recommendations or opinions obtained from the panel and, if already available, the results of recommended tests/investigations.
After a successful discussion, panels in CPMS must be signed off and closed. If you want to consult on this patient again to a later time point, you can easily re-open a new panel for him/her.
MLD Treatment eligibility panel
Treatment with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy is only beneficial in early disease stages of MLD. Determining which patients might benefit from treatment and which do not, can be difficult. Therefore, an international MLD treatment eligibility expert panel can be consulted, consisting of expert members of ERN-RND and the MLD initiative. When there is a need to discuss a case, the panel is convened on an ad hoc basis.
Cases eligible for discussion include patients with a confirmed diagnosis of MLD for whom possible benefits of treatment with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy are not straightforward. Also pre-symptomatic cases can be discussed.
All physicians in Europe are encouraged to discuss these cases with this panel. If you would like to discuss a case please contact the ERN-RND CPMS helpdesk.
CPMS training environment
If you would like to see how the system works and get familiarized with its individual features you can use the CPMS - training environment. There you can enrol a test-patient and go through all steps of a case discussion.
To obtain the credentials of the CPMS training, please contact ERN-RND's CPMS Helpdesk.
Helpdesk and training
If you wish to receive a CPMS training session (online via zoom video-conference) and for any other kind of support, please contact ERN-RND's CPMS Helpdesk: