Precision health is changing the standard of care

Advancements in technology are making genomics more affordable and accessible than ever before. Likewise, societal attitudes toward genomics in clinical care are shifting. We are no longer asking ‘if’ genomics should be integrated with clinical care. Instead we are asking ‘when’ and ‘how’ we can use genomics to benefit as many people as possible.

Genomics is already saving lives and improving health outcomes and disease management for patients touched by cancer, heart disease, autism, epilepsy, rare diseases and other debilitating diseases. As genomics research moves from the bench to the bedside, clinical applications of genomics will affect many areas of medicine, improving disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as informing our approaches to wellness, nutrition, and public health.

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Understanding hereditary cancer is the difference between life and death for Chiquita Hessels. In 2011, just ten months after her mother’s death from breast cancer, and one month...

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Taylor Date’s recovery from a childhood brain tumour is a story of heroic parenting. When Taylor Date was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant cancer tumour in the bra...

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A quick test would help physicians triage patients so the right people get the right treatment at the right time...

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The transformation of this disease from death sentence to manageable condition is one of the best- personalized medicine stories ever seen and one of the world’s best examples of...

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Genomics will allow a
paradigm shift from a
disease-oriented
healthcare system to one
that is more
personalized, predictive,
preventive and cost
effective.
Slide Genomics can
Provide precise information
on an individual’s cancer
for better treatments
and outcomes
Accurately and quickly
detect hard-to-diagnose
infectious diseases
Improve vaccines
and public health responses
to disease outbreaks
Provide pharmacogenomic
testing to optimize
treatments and minimize
adverse drug reactions
Minimize diagnostic
‘odyssey’ for patients
with rare diseases
to improve patient outcomes