In 2015, then-President Barack Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative,1 establishing ethical and technical rules of engagement for using health-related data to drive more effective and individualized care. The goal of the initiative is to turn massive amounts of healthcare data into actionable information. In theory, knowing more about a patient, including one’s genetic predispositions, may help us understand who will develop certain ailments, who is likely to have complications, and who may benefit from particular therapies. Getting it right can aid earlier intervention, improve outcomes, and contain costs. Collecting and generalizing the data, however, are not easy.
Professional Notes—Clinical Decision Support Can Save Lives
By Commander Jonathan A. Forsberg, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy