Big Data & cohortes

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Countless data are collected everyday in the health sector concerning patients, symptoms, or medications. While such data volumes known as “big data” represent an important opportunity in terms of optimizing healthcare, they also raise complex ethical questions, particularly as regards data protection. The Centre Virchow-Villermé has taken on the task of researching and advancing the various options offered by the intelligent analysis of larger data volumes within the healthcare sector in order to improve public health at both the national and European levels. Moreover, the Centre Virchow-Villermé is an active participant in the open-data debate on how to improve the availability of health data.


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The Centre Virchow-Villermé is dedicated to supporting Franco-German research activities in the area of population-based cohorts.
As neighboring countries, France and Germany are facing similar problems in the areas of health and demographics. Both countries are undergoing demographic changes and are facing great challenges, in particular ageing populations and the low birth rate in Germany. In addition to these demographic trends, they face similar challenges in other areas such as communicable and non-communicable diseases. Despite the many commonalities, few data concerning these issues are available and only a few projects exist that deal directly with these questions.

The goal of the Centre Virchow-Villermé is to improve the accessibility of such data and to promote international cooperation.