HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt released a second report on an extensive effort to develop hyper-personalized care, putting the patient at the center of a movement to capitalize on advances in genomic medicine to improve quality and costs.
The report follows an effort started in 2006 by the secretary to tie scientific advances, like the mapping of the human genome to medical practiceall while designing a healthcare environment that can keep pace with both. Leavitt released the first report on the subject in 2007.
This second report gathers information on personalized-healthcare activities being conducted at private and academic healthcare facilities. Topics include efforts to employ genomics in clinical care, the use of health information technology and the realignment of care toward patient-centric treatments.
Participants include a broad spectrum of organizations, including Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center and others.
The efforts of these two years are an opening chaptera prologue to a future of personalized healthcare, Leavitt states in the latest report. Hopefully we have chosen productive areas in which to begin building foundations for that future. -- by Matthew DoBias