Leavitt Promotes Personalized Medicine
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Thursday at a Harvard Medical School conference said personalizedmedicine is necessary to help transform the health care system into one thatpromotes value, rather than volume, the Boston Globe reports. According to Leavitt, the Human Genome Project and related research efforts can deliver on the promise of personalizedmedicine only through a transformation of the health care system to one thatpromotes improved care for patients, rather than more care for more patients.He said that the health care system should focus on four areas: electronichealth records, standardized measures of quality, transparency of prices andincentives to promote higher-quality, lower-cost care.
"I am persuaded that personalized health care creates value," Leavittsaid, adding, "The goal is to have better health care at lower cost forevery American" (Cooney, Boston Globe, 11/29).
In related news,researchers on Thursday celebrated the 60th anniversary of the ongoing Framingham Heart Study and said the study will begin toexamine genetic factors linked with diseases as part of a program calledFramingham SHARe, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports. For the study, which beganin 1948, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have trackedthe lifestyles and medical histories of more than 14,000 residents of
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