Although cancer has received the most attention and funding, there are many other diseases states that can benefit from precision medicine. For example, the microRNA profiles of patients with resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea can help a clinician determine which patient will respond to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

Conclusion

President Obama said that the goal of precision medicine is “delivering the right medicine at the right time every time to the right person.”2 While there are numerous tasks to accomplish and obstacles to overcome, it is hoped that the initiative will indeed deliver superior, targeted healthcare to Americans and will additionally serve as a model for other countries, thereby improving world health as well.

References

  1. The White House. President Barack Obama. FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-precision-medicine-initiative. Accessed: October 15, 2015.
  2. The White House. President Barack Obama. Remarks by the President on Precision Medicine. Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/remarks-president-precision-medicine. Accessed: October 15, 2015.