By Jim Tate – HIMSS19, the annual global conference with over 40,000 attendees, is just a scant two weeks away in Orlando. Since I began working in healthcare information technology some 15 years ago this is the only event I never miss.
By Robert Rowley MD – We are now at a time when modern technology has made gene sequencing of an individual’s DNA a reality. DNA sequencing of certain sections of a genome is used routinely in forensics now.
President Obama’s $215 million precision medicine initiative. Unlike the one-size-fits-all approach to medicine, precision medicine – often called “personalized medicine” – leverages advances in genomics and analysis of large data sets to personalize care and greatly accelerate medical research and drug discoveries.
By Taha A. Kass-Hout, M.D., M.S., & David Litwack, Ph.D. – FDA plays an integral role in President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which foresees the day when an individual’s medical care will be tailored in part based on their unique characteristics and genetic make-up. Yet while more than 80 million genetic variants have been found in the human genome, we don’t understand the role that most of these variants play in health or disease.
By William Hersh MD – One of the aspects of medicine that struck me as a medical student was its imprecision. I was surprised, sometimes shocked, at decisions that were made based on vague symptoms reported by patients, ambiguous findings detected on physical examination, and even variation in “hard” measurements such as laboratory results.
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