The BigMedilytics project involves around 100 organisations at its first event in Valencia
The BigMedilytics project organised its first workshop in Valencia (Spain) under the title “Big Data: Fueling the transformation of Europe’s Healthcare sector” on the 4th and 5th of September 2019 in the Ciudad Politécnica de Valencia. Organized by INCLIVA, Philips, and ITI, the event gathered more than 160 attendees from around 100 organisations representing healthcare providers, health technology companies, payers, research institutes and academia from across Europe.
The event offered a complete overview of the three different themes (Population Health and Chronic Diseases, Oncology, and Industrialization of Healthcare Services) and the 12 pilots. It was structured to gather valuable feedback from the External Exploitation Partners (EEPs) for the project to ensure the BigMedilytics project transfers solutions that are useful and relevant to Europe’s healthcare sector at large. Attendees could know the different solutions presented by the 12 pilots (Comorbidities, Kidney disease, Diabetes, COPD/Asthma, Heart failure, Prostate cancer, Lung cancer, Breast cancer, Stroke management, Sepsis management, Asset management, and Radiology workflows) through the demonstrations and posters shown in the hall of the venue.
Moreover, parallel breakout sessions were organised to allow EEPs to provide their feedback on the various pilots across all three themes. The discussions covered the general propositions, the applicability of the Big Data technologies and the business models that would allow the concepts to scale across Europe.
The event was opened by Dr. Supriyo Chatterjea, Senior Scientist at the Data Science Department at Philips and coordinator of the BigMedilytics project. Relevant discussion topics were addressed on the first day by experts such as Dr. Ceri Thomson, Deputy head of the eHealth Unit in DG CNECT within the European Commission, who gave an overview of the European Commission’s DigitalHealth Strategy, and Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Blankenberg from UKE (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), who tackled data-driven approaches in cardiovascular research. Opinions on business models and healthcare policy were also discussed to better understand the challenges that need to be overcome to roll out the concepts across Europe.
During the second day of the event, Prof. Dr. Josep Redón from INCLIVA highlighted the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities generated by artificial intelligence and big data techniques for the analysis of information obtained through electronic health records. Prof. Dr. Redón addressed the challenge of reducing the healthcare cost in Europe, which is constantly growing. This is due to the demographic changes associated with the aging of the population and the high prevalence of chronic diseases that a patient can suffer simultaneously, and that end up increasing the risk of hospitalization and mortality. The use of these technologies allows a better understanding of these risks since their complexity cannot be adequately assessed using traditional methods of analysis.
Also on the second day, the EU-funded projects in the fields of healthcare and big data BigO Project, BodyPass, CloudButton, CrowdHEALTH, IASIS, and Track & Know were invited to share their progress and results in a specific session. The event concluded with three parallel sessions will take place: a session on Security, Privacy & Legal Aspects of Healthcare Big Data Analytics, a networking session and an AI in Healthcare workshop organized by the BDVA TF7-Healthcare to identify and discuss the key areas and the vision and future potential of AI in Healthcare.
All the presentations of the event can be found here.