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1st Regional Workshop on Big Data and Health identifies challenges and opportunities for the region of Murcia

The 1st Regional Conference on Big Data and Health took place on 21st April 2016 in Murcia. This was organised by TICBioMed and the Foundation for Health Education and Research (FFIS), in cooperation with the Regional Ministry of Health and the Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS) -Regional Healthcare Service- and within the framework of the READi for Health project.


The conference addressed the growing relevance of big data for the health sector, p;aying a key role in improving clinical practice, patient and citizens care as well as the utilization of research results, representing an innovative element for the healthcare system. The experts participating in the conference included Dr. Julio Mayol, Medical and Innovation Head of the Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid, who set the scene for the discussion on Big data and health, as well as D. Jose Tomas Palma Mendez from the University of Murcia.


The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of the possible applications of massive data processing originated in health systems, based on different experiences and projects that are already underway. Another aspect to note about the use of Big Data is the interconnection of existing management documents, such as medical records, which generate large amounts of data that are an invaluable resource for exploitation for preventive and predictive aims. In addition, it acknowledged the value of Big Data as a tool that promotes and supports research, innovation and evaluation in the field of health and the vast amount of data available is an invaluable statistical value with proper analysis.


Whilst developments like Big data are a source of innovation that can generate large social benefits and provide significant growth prospects, they also pose multiple challenges of privacy and security that cannot be ignored. This subject was covered by Ms. Magnolia Pardo Lopez, iDerTec research group at the University of Murcia.


Panels involved professionals from all areas of Servicio Murciano de Salud (SMS) related to Big data: management, admissions, information systems and research. The panels were moderated by experts in each of the areas: D. Francisco Palacios Ortega, University Hospital of Getafe, in the field of clinical assistance, D. Emili Vela Vallespín, from the Catalan Health Service, in management area and D. David Prieto Merino, researcher of the FARR Institute, in research. These panels explored in more detail specific aspects of the use of Big Data in different fields and identified the challenges and opportunities for the region of Murcia on Big Data in the field of the health.


Finally, 7 companies, GMV, Exoglass, Eminem, Oesia networks, Emagina, Kronohealth and Plexus, offered a practical approach of the solutions that are now on the market and future trends in the field Big data and health.


Download the programme and presentation here (in Spanish only)

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