The Future of Personalized Healthcare

Personalized healthcare

One day in the not-too-distant future, everything about your healthcare will be tailored to you.

Doctors will know your genetic makeup, and they will use it to craft your care — from lifestyle recommendations to specific medications. They will know your risk for heart disease, cancer and other diseases, and they will help you take steps to prevent them. They will know your family history inside and out, and they will think about how your culture and environment affect your health. This is already true in a lot of cases, but we want to make it true for every patient.

About 18 months ago, I was asked to lead Cleveland Clinic’s Personalized Healthcare initiative to integrate personalized healthcare into the standard practice of medicine. More and more, we have the tools to make personalized healthcare a reality. But we need to let people how it works and what is possible.

I plan to do that as a featured expert for the Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic. We can make a profound impact in medicine through personalized healthcare, but there are challenges — points to consider as we construct our framework for the future. I’d like to share these challenges with you and give a glimpse into the process of taking a concept to reality in a health system that has always embraced change.

Most of all, I will let you know how personalized healthcare affects you, and how you can take an active role in your own healthcare.

Stay tuned, and subscribe to my personalized healthcare posts to learn more.


Kathryn Teng, MD

Kathryn Teng, MD, is Director of the Center for Personalized Healthcare and leads Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to integrate personalized healthcare into standard practice.
  • Jeffrey A Crawford

    I’m 46, overweight, snore like a buzz saw and am sure I have some apnea. However, I sleep like a rock, rarely have any difficulty getting to or staying asleep, and wake rested, usually without an alarm. Why should I be concerned?

  • finkette61

    So can we get assistance for those of us that don’t have the “normal” sleep issues? How about us on the other end of the spectrum? I’m a night owl and can sleep for 10 -12 hours on the weekend. Problem is I have to work the normal 8-5 during the day . Ugh! Going to bed @ 2:00 am every night and able (NEEDING) to sleep for hours on end is not good. Been this way all my life. Other than being able to retire and sleep all day, what is my answer?

  • Carlene Byron

    People get shamed BY their doctors. How many other people have been treated as if we are mental incompetents when another doctor sees our list of psych meds? I actually had an orthopedist PANTOMIME his explanation of why my sister’s doctor was wrong about a health syndrome that runs in our family.

  • Carlene Byron

    Also: TBIs don’t increase your risk of getting mental illnesses. It’s more accurate to say that the symptoms of TBIs are like the symptoms of BP and there’s much more money available to treat BP than TBIs. But if you treat a TBI with BP meds, you can turn a competent professional into a drooler. I’ve seen it happen. I’d like to see the funding stream shift so TBIs can get proper treatment.

  • CIci Girl

    What can you do if you’re allergic to antibiotics? They make my throat swell.