The Promise of Precision Medicine


In this blog post, our Mills-Peninsula research partners in precision medicine at Sutter HealthWalter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, vice president and chief research officer at Sutter Health, and his colleague, Gregory Tranah, Ph.D., a scientist at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, discuss the promise of precision medicine and the research that is taking shape in the Sutter Health network and how genomic information and big data are revolutionizing patient care.

What is Precision Medicine?

STEWART: Precision medicine represents the research foundation that leads to better ways of individualizing care for patients. Its prominence today reflects the convergence of unprecedented advances in three areas: our understanding of the biology of health and disease, and the role of genetic and physiologic factors; the rapid growth in patient digital health data; and powerful computing tools that can analyze enormous volumes of data quickly and cost-effectively. These advances are making it possible for researchers to use genetic information, blood and other biologic samples, and electronic health record data to understand disease and disease progression in ways that we only imagined in the past.

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