A consortium of 35 partners from 12 countries is working on the European project BigMedilytics, an initiative to achieve better patient outcomes in healthcare at a lower cost through the application of big data solutions. This three-year project is the largest EU-funded initiative under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme to transform the region’s healthcare sector through the use of big data. The project, led by Philips, aims to improve patient outcomes and increase productivity in Europe’s healthcare sector by applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to complex datasets and combining that with clinical knowledge. It will also ensure the security and privacy of personal data is protected and managed within national and EU regulatory frameworks. By bringing together all the key players from across health data value chains, BigMedilytics seeks to break down the barriers between traditional healthcare silos and combine data sources to unlock new insights and enable collaborative innovation. In order to achieve its goal, the project implements twelve pilot experiences that cover three themes with the greatest impact in the sector. Two of them –Population Health and Chronic Disease Management, and Oncology– refer to all major disease groups, accounting for over three quarters of Europe’s disease burden. The third theme tackles the Industrialization of Healthcare, which represents operations and equipment cost, covering 33% of the expenditure in the sector. The BigMedilytics project is an initiative which originates from the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). Further information can be found here.