We are a collaboration of leading organisations spanning Healthcare and Academia
committed to applying the potential of big-data in Healthcare.
Through optimal application of big data in the most appropriate settings we are dedicated
to improving clinical and operational effectiveness, enabling new research insights
each improving patient outcomes whilst supporting progression towards a wellness
model of healthcare.
LBDC has developed a tiered and phased strategy designed to rapidly provide early
benefit realisation whilst progressively developing momentum, capability, funding
and engagement to realise the full vision.
The vision involves formation of a jointly owned big data informatics facility dedicated
to realising the full potential of big data for operational, clinical and research
purposes all centred on improving patient outcomes.
In the interim period smaller scale infrastructure, and/or third party provided capability
will be used for initial big data applications ensuring use-cases can be developed
and deployed alongside research pilot projects ahead of the full informatics hub
being in place.
The big data informatics facility (or informatics hub) will include core informatics
infrastructure, data safe-haven and data science capability alongside the operational
and commercial management to operate as an effective self sustaining collaborative
To realise the vision, the strategy involves five core themes as shown in the diagram
opposite, underpinned by five enabling themes including:
The application of big data in healthcare and related research offers huge potential
for patients, clinicians, healthcare providers, commissioners and researchers alike.
But realising this potential is not straight forward. It demands combinations of
skills, data sets and resources typically beyond any one organisation and it requires
an integrated strategy, methodology and programme to develop, fund and apply the
The Liverpool Big Data Collaboration (LBDC) has been formed to address these challenges
- ensuring the benefit of big data in healthcare can be effectively realised on a
region wide basis.
THE LIVERPOOL BIG DATA COLLABORATION
Ensuring the power of big data can be effectively realised for patient benefit across
LBDC was established following a broad based big data strategy development process
undertaken during 2013, designed to analyse the opportunities and challenges involved
and to develop the strategy, methodology and programme to realise the potential.
The programme was initiated by Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust involving
the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Health Partners,
the North West Coast ASHN and Liverpool CCG. Through consultation and workshop participation
this also included representation from other local trusts and the scientific community.
The programme was supported by strategy consultants from Ignetica.
FORMATION OF THE COLLABORATION
Based on an inclusive analysis & strategy development programme
THE LBDC STRATEGY
Delivering early big data benefit realisation whilst developing the capability to
realise the full vision.
An integrated programme to collaboratively realise the vision.
APPLYING BIG DATA - USE CASES & RESEARCH APPLICATIONS
Production based use-case applications alongside research projects
Data Sets and Information Governance
Funding (programme, use-cases & facilities)
Strategic Engagement & Communications
Initial Use Cases (incubation)
Informatics hub analysis & planning
The LBDC programme has been designed to deliver the strategy alongside early benefits
realisation from use-cases and research pilot projects.
In phase one, strategic engagement across the region is a core focus whilst addressing
central data/IG issues, establishing medium term funding and developing a portfolio
of initial big data use-cases to deliver early beneficial results.
In parallel and flowing into phase two, work will progress on planning the informatics
hub and seeking funding for the same. This is a sizeable project involving data infrastructure,
data science resourcing, initial data profiling and pilot data (research) projects.
Flowing from the success of the first phases and in particular securing the necessary
funding to develop the capability, the programme will move into facility implementation.
Beyond this the hub will become an operational business unit and management will
move from programme level to operational.
The LBDC programme enables the power of big data to be realised for operational,
clinical and research benefit, all ultimately focused on improved patient outcomes.
Research is enabled by the available and governed datasets, coupled with the advanced
analytics ability to derive new insights on multiple levels. But it is full use
cases which take this to a robust production scale for operational and clinical applications.
Use-cases are delivered through robust, scalable algorithms and analytic models which
automate production of predictive analytics such that the insights can be used in
close to real time with patients at the point the predictive insight is needed.
As shown in the diagram to the left, the benefit of the LBDC programme can be seen
in tiers from data access, through advanced analytics, to production scale use-cases.
Each build on the former and apply to different degrees based on the type of use
Use cases and research applications are at the core of the LBDC.
Collaboration is essential for the effective application of big data in healthcare.
It is also at the heart of the LBDC strategy.
We hope others will join us on this journey and we would welcome the opportunity
to engage with organisations regionally, nationally and internationally on a variety
of strategic themes from big data use-cases, through funding and allied initiatives
to informatics hub planning and development.
To learn more, to be kept informed of the developments, or to get in touch directly
please use the links to the right. We look forward to collaboratively realising
the LBDC vision.
ENGAGE WITH LBDC
Committed to collaboration regionally, nationally and internationally