In the first of what is expected to be many reports, HHS has unveiled a road map that would parlay current health initiatives, such as the use of information technology and evidence-based practices, into a workable system in which scientists and physicians could customize the care they give to an individual based on that persons genetic makeup and other factors.
In a speech delivered in Washington, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt outlined a vision of care that would one day allow medical professionals to predict a persons susceptibility to disease, detect disease onset at the earliest moments, pre-empt the progression of the disease, and target medicines and dosages more precisely and safely to each patient. The potential is obviously huge, he said.
Earlier this year, Leavitt made the development of a more-personalized healthcare system an agencywide priority. The report Personalized Health Care: Opportunities, Pathways, Resources looks at the preliminary challenges that scientists face when they translate their growing knowledge of the human genome into the everyday practice of medicine. -- by Matthew DoBias
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your letter to Modern Physician Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.