An increasing number of academic medical centers and healthcare providers are reconfiguring their organizations and systems to deliver truly personalized care. But no systematic, national endeavor yet exists to connect all of the requisite constituencies and capabilities together into a seamless, network process to demonstrate the feasibility and value of this new model for healthcare.

To address this challenge, the BIG Health Consortium™ was launched by the National Cancer Institute in September 2008 as a partnership comprised of all the key stakeholders in healthcare. The Consortium is designed to foster an integrated and interactive ecosystem (or “community of communities”) of previously-unlinked sectors within life sciences and health care, who work collaboratively to implement a rapid-learning approach to health care and thereby make personalized medicine a reality.