HHS releases report on personalized medicine

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt has released a second report on the movement known as "personalized medicine," an effort to develop patient-specific treatments based on advances in scientific understanding of the human genome. The report follows an initial effort kicked off by Leavitt in 2007 to both foster personalized medicine and design a healthcare industry that can keep up with this research.

The current report offers an update on personalized-medicine activities at both private and academic healthcare facilities, looking at efforts to employ genomic science in clinical care as well as the use of health IT and shifts of care toward patient-centered treatments. Participants in the report included Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

To learn more about the report:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)

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