Thursday, February 9, 2012

Preparing for Precision Medicine

From the opinion: "Ultimately, precision medicine should ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right dose at the right time, with minimum ill consequences and maximum efficacy. But it will change how medicine is practiced and taught and how health care is delivered and financed. It will change the way research and development are financed and regulated. It will deeply affect public trust and the nature of the patient–clinician relationship, and it will require unprecedented collaboration among health care stakeholders.Undoubtedly, significant challenges lie ahead, though none are insurmountable. Yet expectations must be realistic: precision medicine will happen neither automatically nor overnight."  Read more