CR3 News Magazine 2019: November Issue - WHY Only $14 Million? - Page 26

What Is Precision Medicine?

The All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live,

what you do, and your

family health history.

Precision medicine’s

goal is

to be

able to

tell people

the best ways

to stay healthy.

If someone does

get sick, precision

medicine may help

health care teams

find the treatment

that will work best.

This will help give

health care

providers the

information

they need to

make tailored

recommend-

ations,relevant

to people of

different

backgrounds,

ages, or

regions.

AllOfUs

The mission of the All of Us Research Program is simple. We want to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, we’re asking one million people to lead the way to provide the types of information that can help us create individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

What Does This Mean?

We are creating a research community of one million people who will share their unique health data. This will include answering survey questions and sharing electronic health records (EHR). Some participants may also be asked to provide blood or urine samples. We’ll ask you to answer more questions from time to time. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to share.

The health data we gather from participants will be stored in a database. Approved researchers can access this data to explore how factors like environ-ment, lifestyle, and genes, can impact health. This may help develop new medical treatments that are unique to individuals, and enable a future of precision medicine for all of us.