H2O is a strategic partnership between the public and private sectors to create a robust data governance and infrastructure model to collect and incorporate patient outcomes at scale into healthcare decision making at an individual and population level. The H2O approach gives patients ultimate control of their health data and ensures that only they exercise this control.

As and when patients provide consent, this health data can be analysed in multiple ways and allow:

  • Patients and their physicians to communicate better.
  • Health authorities to make more informed decisions.
  • Researchers to advance knowledge and science in health care.

The Observatories created by H2O are an ethically and legally appropriate and efficient system of using data in a way that:

  • Measures outcomes more effectively
  • Facilitates personalised treatments.
  • Enhances health research prospects and
  • Promotes value based approaches in health care systems.

H2O brings together 24 partners (13 Academic institutions and SMEs and 14 EFPIA companies) to:

  • Establish Observatories as legal entities and running services in each of the four participating countries (Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain) and in three disease areas (diabetes, IBD, Cancer).
  • Collect data and share evidence information on patient reported outcomes.
  • Empower patients with the digital tools data to better manage their health, report their health outcomes, and remain in control of their data.
  • Extend the H2O concept to additional data sources and other settings.

This project is funded under the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a large, far-reaching public-private partnership between the European Union and the life sciences industry to support research and innovation in life-science.