Big data for personalised healthcare – Avicenna members’ highly ranked paper.

Avicenna co-ordinator Professor Marco Viceconti, Professor Rod Hose – who will be delivering a talk at Avicenna’s fifth event in June, and Professor Peter Hunter recently published a paper in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics entitled ‘Big data, big knowledge: big data for personalised healthcare‘. The paper was the second most frequently downloaded article from the journal in March 2015, third most popular in April 2015, and continues to be one of the most popular papers in the journal.

It proposes the fusion of big data analytics, moving beyond the extraction of phenomenological knowledge; and VPH technologies, utilised to construct healthcare appropriate simulations; to work together to produce robust and effective in silico medicine solutions. The paper outlines the issues faced by this combined approach including working with sensitive data; analytics of complex and heterogeneous data spaces, including non-textual information; distributed data management under security and performance constraints; specialised analytics to integrate bioinformatics and systems biology information with clinical observations at tissue, organ and organisms scales; and specialised analytics to define the “physiological envelope” during the daily life of each patient.

If you would like to access the paper it can be found in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Issue 99, Published 24 February 2015, DOI:10.1109/JBHI.2015.2406883.


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