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Vital Directions from the National Academy of Medicine
October 25, 2016

Realizing the Full Potential of Precision Medicine in Health and Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • 2Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;316(16):1659-1660. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.14117

Precision medicine has the potential to transform medicine by tailoring treatments to individuals. By providing the right treatment at the right time, health care could be delivered with greater accuracy and efficiency, while providing better quality care for patients. Significant challenges exist to precision medicine’s broad implementation in health care: insufficient evidence generation, data sharing and infrastructure challenges, slow uptake of genomic information into clinical care and research, the economics of precision medicine, and achieving greater patient and clinician engagement and trust.

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