“The national Precision Medicine Initiative is an amalgamation of Conventional Medicine with approaches found in Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine, with newly sourced NIH research funding to help drive 21st Century medicine”
– Richard Joseph Donahue MD, MPH
Until now, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” As a result of this “one-size-fits-all” approach, treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision Medicine, on the other hand, is an innovative approach that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles.
The future of precision medicine will enable health care providers to tailor treatment and prevention strategies to people’s unique characteristics, including their genome sequence, microbiome composition, health history, lifestyle, and diet. To get there, we need to incorporate many different types of data, from metabolomics (the chemicals in the body at a certain point in time), the microbiome (the collection of microorganisms in or on the body), and data about the patient collected by health care providers and the patients themselves.
New England Journal of Medicine 2015; 372:793-795 February 26, 2015
Precision medicine is an emerging term used in a White House and National Institute of Health (NIH) Initiative: January, 2015 for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.
But the prospect of applying this concept broadly has been dramatically improved by the recent development of large-scale biologic databases such as the human genome sequence, powerful methods for characterizing patients such as proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, and diverse cellular assays.
The initiative will encourage and support the next generation of scientists and physicians to develop creative approaches for detecting, measuring, and analyzing a wide range of biomedical information — including molecular, genomic, cellular, clinical, behavioral, physiological, and environmental parameters. TODAY, we share your view of what healthcare should be, and the expectations of how it should be delivered. With a low physician to patient ratio, we can respond to valuable real-time health advancement and bio-technologically advanced medical care.