The possibilities to collect and use data of various kinds on a large scale in the field of health have greatly increased. Big Data & Health focuses on the use of data of different nature and from different sources to arrive at the best, individually tailored lifestyle advice, prevention, diagnostics and treatment.

An important development in this respect is the movement from the general to the individual personalised offer in to participation of the individual and her/his environment (care providers, informal carers, etc.) in one's own health. Major challenges lie in the (automatic) interpretation of large amounts of data.

The acquisition and processing of big data also requires the right facilities: facilities and processes for the responsible storage of data and for ensuring (future) access, quality and analysis of data. An important aspect in this respect is the regulated access to data in which anonymity, integrity and security of data is guaranteed, even when different data sources are combined with each other.

For example, the fragmentation of data between hospitals, citizens, research institutions, policy organisations, industry and other parties, combined with differences in regulations, is a potential barrier to exploiting the potential of Big Data for health.

Role of NWO and TNO

NWO subsidises Big Data & Health research in cooperation with the Departments of Energy and Education.

Big Data research for prevention and early detection of cardiovascular diseases

The Heart Foundation, NWO, ZonMw, the Topsector LSH and the Netherlands eScience Center have joined forces to develop a public-private research programme under the umbrella of the Big Data research platform Commit2Data. A work meeting is organised to prepare project proposals.

The aim of the programme is to exploit (new) connections between the health and life sciences, data science and the creative industry for the development of new approaches in prevention and early detection of cardiovascular diseases. Citizens and patients will play a central role in this. The Knowledge and Innovation Agenda ICT, LSH, and ClickNL and the principles of vital functioning and positive health are the substantive guidelines.

Please read the brochure for more information. You can download it on the right side of the page.

Aim of the projects

The programme will consist of 4 to 6 different public-private scientific research projects with a size of approximately 1.5 M EUR (per project). Each project aims at answering important questions about prevention and early detection of cardiovascular diseases and includes scientific research in the field of data science and the creative industry. These projects are partly financed by a company or civil society organisations (under certain conditions).



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