26 Feb Cerner, IBM, Epic, Verily, others sign on for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative
Leading health IT vendors get in precision medicine game at White House Summit, including Allscripts, athenahealth, McKesson.
Cerner said on Thursday that it will pilot an open standardized application as part of the Sync for Science project within President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. And it was only one of the several health IT vendors that hopped on board precision medicine during the President’s Summit.
Driven by the National Institutes of Health and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Sync for Science is a core component of the Precision Medicine Initiative in that it aims to recruit one million volunteers for a nationwide research project by 2019 – an effort NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, described as “the largest, most ambitious research project of this sort ever undertaken.”
Indeed, a veritable all-star cast of health IT vendors and organizations are involved in the project including Allscripts, athenahealth, drchrono, Epic and Mckesson, as well as as IBM, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Google’s Verily unit.
IBM, for its part, will partner with the New York Genome Center to build an open cancer data repository, leveraging information from Watson to create new insights into cancer research and personalize treatments through genomic data analysis.