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Personalized health care: From theory to practice

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  • Prof. Ralph Snyderman

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    1. Center for Research on Prospective Health Care, Department of Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
    • Center for Research on Prospective Health Care, Department of Medicine, Duke University, DUMC Box 3059, Durham, NC 27710, USA
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Abstract

The practice of medicine stands at the threshold of a transformation from its current focus on the treatment of disease events to an emphasis on enhancing health, preventing disease and personalizing care to meet each individual's specific health needs. Personalized health care is a new and strategic approach that is driven by personalized health planning empowered by personalized medicine tools, which are facilitated by advances in science and technology. These tools improve the capability to predict health risks, to determine and quantify the dynamics of disease development, and to target therapeutic approaches to the needs of the individual. Personalized health care can be implemented today using currently available technologies and know-how and thereby provide a market for the rational introduction of new personalized medicine tools. The need for early adoption of personalized health care stems from the necessity to reduce the egregious and wasteful burden of preventable chronic diseases, which is not effectively addressed by our current approach to care.

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