BigMedilytics (Big Data for Medical Analytics) is the largest EU-funded initiative to transform the region’s healthcare sector by using state-of-the-art big data technologies to achieve breakthrough productivity in the sector by reducing cost, improving patient outcomes and delivering better access to healthcare facilities simultaneously.

The project is composed of 12 pilots that address three themes with the greatest impact on the sector—Population Health and Chronic Disease Management, Oncology and Industrialization of Healthcare Services— and covers the entire Healthcare Continuum from Prevention to Diagnosis, Treatment and Home Care.

BigMedilytics delivers:

  1. Big Data Healthcare Analytics Blueprint(defining platforms and components), based on open Big Data technologies, which enables secure collaborative innovation.
  2. Instantiations of the Blueprintwhich are used to replicate BigMedilytics concepts across the 12 large-scale pilots accounting for an estimated 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden in Europe
  3. The Best “Big Data technology and Healthcare policy” Practicestaking into account aspects related to Big Data technologies, new business models and European and national healthcare data policies and regulations.

BigMedilytics will use health records of more than 11 million patients across 8 countries in Europe, streaming data from Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices at more than a million records per hour and patient generated data from mobile apps. It also ensures that security and privacy of personal data are guaranteed and managed within national and EU regulatory frameworks.

The BigMedilytics project is an initiative which originates from the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) with the intention to implement a part of the program related to the Large Scale projects. The project is formed by a consortium of 35 entities led by Philips.

BigMedilytics is a consortium of 35 entities, led by Philips, in which healthcare providers, technology companies, pharma, research institutes and universities from 12 different countries participate.

The Netherlands and Germany, with 8 members each, are the countries with the largest number of partners, followed by Spain with 5 and United Kingdom with 3. France, Austria and Greece participate in the project with 2 partners each. Finally, there is the collaboration of a participant from Finland, Ireland, Israel, Serbia and Sweden.


  • Objective 1: Improve chronic disease and cancer outcomes using Big Data
  • Objective 2: Optimize workflows through industrializing healthcare services using Big Data
  • Objective 3: Guarantee replicability of Big Data concepts for healthcare
  • Objective 4: Increase the activity through data integration
  • Objective 5: Establish secure and privacy preserving cross-border and cross-organisation healthcare services thus strengthening EU’s Digital Market Strategy
  • Objective 6: Define Best “Big Data” practices
  • Objective 7: Enable knowledge transfer


BigMedilytics will have a transformational impact on the healthcare sector by ensuring that big data technologies will be used routinely throughout the healthcare sector in delivering high-quality care while reducing costs. In this sense, the project will:

  1. Demonstrate an increase in healthcare productivity between 20% and 63%across 12 pilots covering the most prevalent and expensive disease groups across Europe. Evidence suggests that by improving the productivity of the healthcare system, public spending savings would be large, approaching 2% of GDP on average in the OECDwhich would be equivalent to €330 billion in Europe based of GDP figures for 2014.
  2. Enable collaborative innovation across the key playersof the Healthcare and Data Value Chains.
  3. Increase of market share of big data technology providersby at least 25%in the Oncology, Cardiology, Radiology, Hospitals Logistics and Healthcare IT Security market segments.
  4. Create lasting impact of big data in the healthcare sector, even after project completion, due to investment of €78 million by the consortium.
  5. Contribute to 40-70 times reduction in carbon emissionsdue to the usage of telehealth driven by big data technologies thus contributing to Europe’s 2020 emission targets.
  6. Be instrumental role in training Europe’s next generation of healthcare data innovators.