(Source: Google site: Partners Healthcare centre for Personalized Genetic Medicine)
What is Personalized Medicine?Personalized medicine is the ability to determine an individual's unique molecular characteristics and to use those genetic distinctions to diagnose more finely an individual's disease, select treatments that increase the chances of a successful outcome and reduce possible adverse reactions. Personalized medicine also is the ability to predict an individual's susceptibility to diseases and thus to try to shape steps that may help avoid or reduce the extent to which an individual will experience a disease.
For personalized medicine to be a fully functioning reality at the clinical level, certain features are essential: an electronic medical record, personalized genomic data available for clinical use, physician access to electronic decision support tools, a personalized health plan, personalized treatments, and personal clinical information available for research use. Partners HealthCare has made a firm commitment to the principles of personalized medicine and to the importance of genetics and genomics in delivering the best care of patients. To that end PHS also has committed to ensuring that the features above are or will be available.