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Precision Medicine: Personalizing the Patient Experience

Genetics

Whether you’re a patient or a provider (or both), I think we can all agree that there’s never a single one-size-fits-all approach to patient care. Each patient is as unique as their own individual healthcare needs and should be treated as such; what worked for one individual may not be the best approach for another.

Precision medicine makes it possible to personalize care in a way that addresses individual, unique needs and improves patient outcomes as a result. It looks at your unique genetic makeup, lifestyle and environmental influences, as well as the possible combined impact of these factors.

With the market for precision medicine expected to advance past $87 billion internationally by 2023, the world of healthcare is clearly invested in both the power and potential of personalized care.

On May 17-18, HIMSS is hosting the first Precision Medicine Summit in Washington DC. The aim of the event is to convene key players in the world of personalized care including policymakers, providers, payers, researchers, thought leaders and other individuals interested in contributing to the future of precision medicine.

Noteworthy attendees include representatives from the National Institutes of Health, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration. I’ll be moderating a panel featuring representatives from many of these agencies who will share news about how they are contributing to the future of precision medicine.

Preparing for the Future of Personalized Care

What I expect to dominate conversations during the summit will stem from updates on all the ongoing work to improve personalized care for patients. Interoperability is a recurring theme when it comes to addressing the challenges associated with bringing precision medicine to the forefront of care and during the event I expect we’ll hear more on recent developments that are helping empower us with information.

For instance, ONC has been piloting a program called Sync for Science, a work in progress from vendors and academic health centers which aims to help discover best practices around patient engagement strategies as well as how to move a patient’s information from an EHR to a research cohort for further study. The invaluable knowledge we’ll gain from those that are contributing their information will help tremendously in determining the future of personalized care. There are so many researchers and large institutions embarking on their own precision medicine programs because they see the value of what’s underway as well as the benefits that a sustained program can provide to patients, and I look forward to learning about their recent progress.

With only a few days left, we encourage you to save the date and register now.