Over 75 members of the Big Data for Better Outcomes (BD4BO) programme Coordination and Support Action project known as ‘DO->IT’, along with representatives from the other disease-specific projects and our international advisory board members, spent two days in Berlin in October to discuss the programme’s progress to date and its upcoming plans.

BD4BO is the biggest EU partnership of this nature and DO->IT is the coordination platform for the partnership. Our aim is to improve health outcomes and systems in Europe by maximizing the potential of big data. With representatives from our partners across Europe, spanning the public and private sectors, this first DO->IT General Assembly highlighted the scale of work happening across the continent.

It was great to hear that the ‘set-up’ phase of the project has been completed, with the coordination of advisory groups, project planning, and kick-off meetings all received well. Our communications materials and plans are looking promising, including our recently launched website, and our work on informed consent forms and a knowledge-sharing repository are well under-way.