Implementation best practices: The best approaches to precision medicine

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Implementation best practices: The best approaches to precision medicine

September 11, 2019

Implementation best practices: The best approaches to precision medicine

Precision medicine is just starting to gain ground in the healthcare industry. Most patients have yet to have medical care designed to enhance effectiveness or therapeutic value for select groups of patients, especially by utilizing genetic or molecular profiling.

But some forward-looking healthcare provider organizations have started using precision medicine in their day-to-day operations. And the number of technology vendors with precision medicine offerings is growing.

Precision medicine is indeed the future of medicine overall. And as a result, it is time for all healthcare provider organizations to start thinking about how they can incorporate the high-tech offering.

Here, executives from precision medicine groundbreaking provider organization NorthShore University HealthSystem and precision medicine technology vendors 2bPrecise, Orion Health and Translational Software offer healthcare CIOs and other leaders and IT workers key best practices and tips for implementing precision medicine technologies.

Best Practices

  • Future-proofing technology and strategy - Future proofing involves a sound genomic management strategy, execution strategy, integration with multiple EHRs, machine learning, and scability.  
  • Data from a wide variety of labs - To ensure value is extracted across the entire organization, the precision medicine solution must be able to ingest from a broad range of data sources.
  • Work closely with strategic decision makers - In order for precision medicine to work well, a high degree of fundamental knowledge, expertise and experience is needed to come up with breakthrough insights into an organization’s data.
  • Playing nice with workflow - Healthcare organizations must bring genetic and genomic test results directly into the clinical workflow so they are readily available and actionable.
  • Grounding precision medicine in primary care - The advanced tools and technologies available across NorthShore present a clear opportunity to strengthen the patient relationship, aid the clinician decision process, improve care and provide value in a variety of ways.
  • Integration with the EHR - One organization has bridged the gap between electronic health records and genomic medicine by incorporating patients’ genetic and family history into standard diagnostic assessments
  • Technology is important, culture is crucial - Be sure that a critical part of the program is to identify and educate a base of end-users that has both a defined benefit and a financial model for making the program successful. Plan for incremental steps that show real value before investing in ‘moonshot’ technology.
  • The minimum viable investments - Healthcare provider organizations must focus the technology plan on the minimum viable investments in new technology to satisfy the clinical goals.

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