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

Miami Cancer Institute adopts Philips IntelliSpace Precision Medicine Genomics
Royal Philips (@Philips), a global leader in health technology, and Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida (@BaptistHealthSF), announced the implementation of Philips’ IntelliSpace Precision Medicine Genomics in its new state-of-the-art genomics laboratory. The multi-year agreement will power a new initiative to help inform clinical treatment decisions and provide visibility into relevant clinical trials so oncologists can make better informed, more personalized care decisions for patients.

Lindsay, OK Welcomes NIH’s Landmark Precision Medicine Research Effort
South Central Medical & Resource Center announced its partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to host the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit that raises awareness about the All of Us Research Program. All of Us is an unprecedented effort to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from 1 million or more volunteer participants living in the United States. The program’s ultimate goal is to accelerate research and improve health.

Jintel Health, Inc. to provide Precision Intelligence for the Intermountain Precision Medicine Program
Jintel Health, a technology innovator in advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, announced that it will combine its Precision Intelligence solutions with Intermountain Healthcare’s Precision Medicine Program’s genomic and clinical data to analyze and distill the key insights that will enable Intermountain Oncologists to identify and predict the most effective therapies for their cancer patients.

Healthcare Standards
A QueryHealth for AllOfUs – by Keith W. Boone (@motorcycle_guy) – Those of you who have been reading this blog for years are already familiar with what I’ve written in the past about Query Health. For those of you who haven’t check the link. Recently, I’ve been looking into All of Us, a precision medicine research program that takes the ideas of Query Health to the next level. The original thinking on Query Health was about taking the question to the data.

Highlights from #precisionmedicine #HIMSS19


Healthcare de Jure
Healthcare de Jure airs weekdays at 2pm, 10pm, and 6am ET. Join host Matt R. Fisher as he and his guests discuss a smorgasbord of topics, giving hospitals, physicians, vendors and patients a seat at the table. Matt’s virtual conversations can be listened to on demand or heard on air. So don’t miss a minute of what’s on the menu. In this episode, Matt chats with Terry Macaleer, President US Operations, Orion Health about precision medicine and the use of data.


All of Us Research Program

Precision Medicine World Conference 2019 Highlights

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.