December 19, 2013

Individualized Medicine is the Future of Health Care


Dr. Gianrico FarrugiaAs Mayo Clinic looks into the future of health care, we ask ourselves: “What will it mean to deliver customized patient care in five, 10 or 25 years from now?” Personalized care tailored to a patient’s individual qualities is Mayo’s mission and passion. We’re driven to create value and deliver knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving patient care and outcomes. It’s what Mayo providers have offered for the last 150 years. But how will we continue to reach our goals in this rapidly changing health care landscape?

The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is a large part of our answer. It is a comprehensive genomics hub from which medical research and clinical practice extend into many departments and disciplines across our institution. Understanding the individual patient’s genome — all 6 billion letters of it — will play an increasingly important role in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disease over the next decade.Biomarker Discovery Animation

Some patients already are starting to see how individualized medicine can personalize their care at Mayo Clinic. This article from AlJazeera America takes a closer look at three patients who have experienced the benefits of genomic medicine at Mayo.

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Editor's note: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic and director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine.

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