Precision Medicine Under the Microscope

We are on the beat to find and report just what is happening now in Precision Medicine. Look for this on going report each month as we find articles, commentary, interviews, and events of interest on Precision Medicine. Read more posts on Precision Medicine and follow the hashtag #PrecisionMedicine.

The US National Library of Medicine says “although the term ‘precision medicine’ is relatively new, the concept has been a part of healthcare for many years. For example, a person who needs a blood transfusion is not given blood from a randomly selected donor; instead, the donor’s blood type is matched to the recipient to reduce the risk of complications. Although examples can be found in several areas of medicine, the role of precision medicine in day-to-day healthcare is relatively limited. Researchers hope that this approach will expand to many areas of health and healthcare in coming years.”

What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine? What about pharmacogenomics?

According to the NIH US National Libarary of Medicine, National Research Council, there is a lot of overlap between the terms. Learn more.

Precision Medicine in Action

Boston Scientific Competition Seeks Innovative Digital Health Concepts
Boston Scientific Corporation (@bostonsci) announced a worldwide call for submissions to the fourth annual Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge, an open competition to promote the development of meaningful innovation to address complex healthcare challenges. This year’s competition, co-sponsored by Google Cloud, will focus on applying patient or population health data, patient monitoring, and/or predictive analytics to improve care for patients with chronic conditions.

Accenture and Merck Collaborate with Amazon Web Services to Launch a Research Platform to Drive Innovation in Drug Discovery and Scientific Research
Accenture (@Accenture) and Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) (@awscloud), will launch a cloud-based informatics research platform designed to help organizations in the life sciences industry improve productivity, efficiency and innovation in the early stages of drug development.

HonorHealth Research Institute Joins the Precision Oncology Alliance
Caris Life Sciences (@carisls), an innovator in molecular science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, announced that the HonorHealth Research Institute has joined Caris’ Precision Oncology Alliance (POA), joining other leading cancer centers to develop standards of care and best practices for the application of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more precise and effective.

All of Us Research Program


Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist
The Incrementalist airs weekdays at 4:00am, 12 noon, and 8:00pm ET on HealthcareNOW radio. Host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick (@drnic1) talks to Dr. Anthony Chang ( @AIMed_MD), the founder of AI in Medicine, about the incremental steps to AI and precision medicine.


Check out #CIMCON18  for recaps on the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Conference last month.

Check out recaps #PMWC18 on the Precision Medicine World Conference last month at PMWC 2018 Duke.

4th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference
November 14-15 2018
Harvard Medical School, Boston MA

The 14th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference: Preparing for the New Possible will convene the world’s leading researchers, investors, industry executives, policy experts, payers, clinicians, and patient advocates to define the landscape and outlook for personalized medicine in science, business, and policy.

Precision Medicine Initiative

The National Library of Medicine also tells us the “Precision Medicine Initiative is a long-term research endeavor, involving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and multiple other research centers, which aims to understand how a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle can help determine the best approach to prevent or treat disease.” The Initiative has both short and long term goals.


The Journal of Precision Medicine (@JournPrecMed)
The world’s first print publication to discuss the many key global issues surrounding this rapidly evolving landscape. It does so by connecting both ends of the life science continuum – the compelling discoveries being realized in molecular research with the critical needs of the patient in the clinical setting.

The Personalized Medicine Coalition  (@permedcoalition)
PMC, representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services and products to benefit patients and the health system.