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The HARMONY BigData Platform: What is it and how does it work?


The HARMONY Big Data Platform: What is it and how does it work?

Algorithms to transform Knowledge into better Medicine Outcomes. Despite data being a key driver for modern evidence-based medicine, we have been struggling with the same challenge for years: how can we have access to the scientific data that has been kept isolated and convert it into practical applications in order to make real progress in human sciences? The HARMONY Big Data Platform is a significant step towards breaking down these silos and exploiting the potential of Big Data to improve the treatments and quality of care for patients with hematologic malignancies. Machine learning techniques and advanced algorithms will be used to transform the data into valuable evidence-based outcomes to improve patient care and their quality of life. To make progress in the study of hematology there is an urgent need to have access to a massive amount of high-quality, deep data. The HARMONY Big Data Platform is the key to enabling this: by collecting and engaging multiple individual data sources featuring high-quality data, we will allow the performance of meaningful analysis. This will result in the establishment of best practices and generate findings that will help address challenges such as improving the diagnostics and treatment of patients with blood cancer. Researchers can focus on finding answers to four questions: how can we diagnose patients faster and with greater precision; what are the best practices that could help doctors in making better treatment decisions; how can we tackle the unmet needs of patients; and what is the best way to make progress in new drug development? Read more and download the article >

HARMONY Anonymization Concept Reconciles Data Quality, Safety, and Privacy

Data has the enormous potential to improve the health of patients around the world. Artificial intelligence (AI) systems analyze huge amounts of data, transforming it into valuable clinical knowledge and predictive models. To ensure that people trust technology, responsible privacy and security guidelines must be developed. How has the HARMONY Alliance implemented ethical and legislative principles for AI and Big Data? HARMONY’s Big Data research activities carry significant potential for improving cancer patients’ treatment options. Still, we take great care to follow ethical principles for biomedical research to ensure that no mistakes are made. One example is the question of personal data security. Moreover, we must ascertain the quality of the data and their analysis, as only sound science is ethically justifiable. Read more about Responsible Data Processing and The HARMONY Anonymization Concept and download the article > 


The HARMONY Alliance is a public-private European Network of Excellence, established in January 2017, to end in 2021. Our mission is to unlock and spread valuable knowledge on hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) among a large number of stakeholders, with the goal to harness and mine Big Data to speed up the development of improved treatments for patients and more efficient treatment strategies. We currently have 53 Partners and 35 Associated Members from 22 countries, including 8 pharmaceutical companies from the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Read more >