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CIO 5 Year Plans Approach Emerging Technology

Precision medicine, described by the Precision Medicine Initiative as “an emerging Approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person,” will be one of the next big shifts in patient care. For doctors and researchers, this means being able to predict more accurately which treatment and preventative efforts for a specific disease will work in specific populations.

This is in stark contrast to the typical one-size-fits-all Approach, in which treatment and prevention efforts are designed for the average person with little regard for individual differences. What does this entail for health-care and health-information technology? There are a lot of new challenges to face. Novel techniques to data storage and exchange, as well as new designs for electronic health records, may be necessary as precision medicine and genomics generate huge volumes of varied and granular data.

Two more areas that will require emphasis are physician education and patient communication. Precision medicine activities are already well-advanced in several advanced healthcare provider organisations, such as large university medical facilities. But, if they’re attempting it at all, most providers are still at the beginning of their trip. However, many people are already planning for what they believe will be the next phase in the evolution of healthcare.

This is the sixth and final edition of Healthcare IT News’ feature series, Health IT Investment: The Next Five Years, which focuses on precision medicine and other developing technologies. The series features interviews with CIOs to learn about their investment priorities in six categories: AI and machine learning, interoperability, telehealth, connected health, and remote patient monitoring, cybersecurity, electronic health records and population health, and precision medicine and other emerging technologies.

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