The vision of precision medicine takes shape

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Precision medicine is a market catching fire. The growth is so rapid that analysts have projected spending in the field will approach $87 annually within six years.

With more healthcare organizations investing in the technologies, expectations are growing for significant advances in improved treatment and early detection of disease.

The HIMSS Precision Medicine Summit was created to help advance the growing body of knowledge. It will bring together healthcare professionals who are engaged in both research and pilot projects. They’ll be sharing their findings and their plans for future investment.

The event will provide informational sessions on emerging technologies, the latest trends, and success strategies around personal genomics, diagnostics, immunotherapy, analytics, infrastructure and more.

One of the keynote speakers is Eric Dishman of the National Institutes of Health who will provide insight into the work being done to build a national bio-bank of data from what he is calling “perhaps the most diverse collection of people in human history.”

Ross Wilson, of the University of California Berkeley, will show genome editing is moving from the lab to the clinic. In his presentation, he will show how CRISPR enzymes can easily be programmed to match a patient’s specific genetic needs.

Sharon Zehe, attorney at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories, will talk about the legal barriers facing providers and researchers in precision medicine initiatives. Specific topics will include the need to prepare privacy protections for patients, and how to provide affordable testing for patients without running afoul of laws governing fraud and discrimination.
 
Among the other topics to be covered are successful applications of precision medicine in the clinical environment, and a project that is bringing genetics counseling, genomic sequencing and pharmacogenomics testing into primary care.
 
The conference provides both education and networking opportunities. It is produced by HIMSS Media, the host of the popular Big Data and Analytics Healthcare Forum and the Healthcare and Privacy Forum, which have been highly rated by attendees for delivering valuable education in an atmosphere that fosters peer-to-peer learning. It will take place in Boston on June 12 and 13.
 
Register and learn more here