Personalized Medicine at Healthcare Summit 2016

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The Personalized Medicine Initiative was well represented at the Healthcare Summit 2016 on Innovation and Best-Practices, June 27-28 in Kelowna, BC. The 16th annual Summit brought Canadian healthcare officials, senior policy makers, and the private sector together to meet and discuss the ways in which government transforms the quality healthcare delivery arena to produce effective and efficient solutions.

Martin Dawes, co-Founder of the PMI, demonstrated the TreatGX app (a clinical decision support tool) that he says must get into the hands of patients and their doctors. In a pilot pharmacogenomic study, 200 patients were tested for 33 genetic variants that influence drug metabolism. 97% of those patients had a variant that would result in a change to their prescriptions! Look for an upcoming publication about this study in summer 2016.

So do you think the healthcare system is ready for personalized medicine?

We’ve Storified some of the many tweets about personalized medicine at Healthcare Summit 2016:

– The PMI