Benefits and challenges of Big Data in healthcare: an overview of the European initiatives

Roberta Pastorino, Corrado De Vito, Giuseppe Migliara, Katrin Glocker, Ilona Binenbaum, Walter Ricciardi, Stefania Boccia

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Healthcare systems around the world are facing incredible challenges due to the ageing population and the related disability, and the increasing use of technologies and citizen's expectations. Improving health outcomes while containing costs acts as a stumbling block. In this context, Big Data can help healthcare providers meet these goals in unprecedented ways. The potential of Big Data in healthcare relies on the ability to detect patterns and to turn high volumes of data into actionable knowledge for precision medicine and decision makers. In several contexts, the use of Big Data in healthcare is already offering solutions for the improvement of patient care and the generation of value in healthcare organizations. This approach requires, however, that all the relevant stakeholders collaborate and adapt the design and performance of their systems. They must build the technological infrastructure to house and converge the massive volume of healthcare data, and to invest in the human capital to guide citizens into this new frontier of human health and well-being. The present work reports an overview of best practice initiatives in Europe related to Big Data analytics in public health and oncology sectors, aimed to generate new knowledge, improve clinical care and streamline public health surveillance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Big Data
  • Healthcare
  • Healthcare systems
  • Precision Medicine


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