"Doctors have always recognized that every patient is unique, and doctors have always tried to tailor their treatments as best they can to individuals. You can match a blood transfusion to a blood type — that was an important discovery. What if matching a cancer cure to our genetic code was just as easy, just as standard? What if figuring out the right dose of medicine was as simple as taking our temperature?"President Obama, January 30, 2015
Last year, President Obama announced the launch of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) -- an effort to accelerate a new era of medicine, focused on delivering more tailored health care.
The Initiative works towards providing the right treatment at the right time to the right person, and taking into account patients' health history, genes, environments, and lifestyles. Precision medicine is already transforming the way diseases like cancer and mental health conditions are treated.
This morning, the President is participating in a panel discussion at the White House PMI Summit, marking the one year anniversary. The panel is moderated by Dr. James Hamblin of The Atlantic, and features remarks from inspiring patients, researchers and others working in the PMI field. Watch live now, and follow along here for updates throughout the day:
Along with today's Summit, more than 40 private-sector organizations and a variety federal agencies are making commitments to new actions and principles that are spearheading the Precision Medicine Initiative. You can learn more about them and provide feedback on the new draft data security principles and framework being launched today.
We're also sharing several letters and stories the President has received from Americans across the country on how precision medicine can change lives. You can read them on letterstopresidentobama.tumblr.com.
PMI is about tailoring medicine to your unique biological needs. Here are several examples of how precision medicine already works in our health system today:
You can get involved with PMI by sharing how it has impacted your life or your loved ones, giving feedback on the new principles and more.