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.