• Big Data for Breast Cancer (BD4BC)


    Komen envisions a world in which healthcare is a seamless web of information: patients are informed about their data and are empowered to share it and participate in their health care, data systems are linked and easily accessible, genomics (and other –omics) are universally available and user-friendly, and electronic health records (EHR) are connected to other sources of data to provide evidence-based support for the generation of research hypotheses and clinical decision-making.


    With the insights gained at our BD4BC meetings and the guidance of our Scientific Advisory Board, we have identified key roles for Komen and specific big data programs that will drive the field forward. Our Big Data for Breast Cancer Initiative aims at using big data to fuel scientific discoveries and accelerate the delivery of equitable, patient-focused care. It takes a three-pronged approach to:

    1. 1. Empower the public with information and tools to make data sharing understandable and easy to do.
    2. 2. Address challenges of incorporating big data applications into breast cancer research and clinical care.
    3. 3. Fund data science projects to improve breast cancer outcomes and save lives.

    BD4BC Meetings

    Realizing that big data holds great promise for advancing research and improving breast cancer patient care and outcomes, we started the big data for breast cancer conversation in 2015 by convening more than 130 experts representing approximately 100 organizations, both non- and for-profit, to explore the opportunities and challenges of incorporating big data applications into breast oncology research and clinical care.

    Since then, we have continued to drive the discussion, and through our convening power we have catalyzed data science collaborations focused on breast cancer in efforts to drive progress toward our Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

    In order to move toward the improvement of cancer research and clinical care through data integration and utilization, Komen convened three Big Data meetings:

    1. 1. BD4BC Meeting in New York City, NY; October 8-9, 2015.
    2. 2. BD4BC\WC in Menlo Park, CA; February 23-24, 2017.
    3. 3. BD4BC3 in Menlo Park, CA; February 1-2, 2018.

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