UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa — The Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS) at Penn State held its eighth annual workshop in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park Campus on Friday, February 5. This year’s workshop, titled “Precision Medicine and Precision Health: Speeding Innovations in Healthcare Delivery,” brought together experts from industry and academia to focus on the linkages between precision medicine and precision health, with a particular interest on how health care delivery can become more efficient as the driver of innovation.
Workshop panelists included: James Broach, director, Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine and chair, biochemistry and molecular biology, Penn State; Harleah Buck, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State; Chris DeFlitch, vice chair, clinical operations and chief medical information officer, Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine; Nembhard; and Marc Williams, director, Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute.
“We have a much greater opportunity to tell how one individual differs from another, allowing us to individualize care at a level that hasn’t been possible in the past,” said James Broach, director of the Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine, during a panel discussion at the workshop. “Precision medicine is moving beyond treatment of disease, being able to identify the onset and get in early.”
Marc Williams, director of the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute was also on the panel and agreed with Broach, saying, “The real opportunity is in the substitute involvement of the patient from the get-go. If that really happens and patients are really given the reigns then we have an opportunity to do something that is creative, innovative and might be transformative.”
Along with the panel discussion, the workshop also included a keynote address from Terrance Talbot, Vice President and General Manager of Siemens Healthcare, U.S., presentations from students, faculty, and industry members, and a series of roundtable discussions.
The CIHDS is a joint initiative of Penn State’s Colleges of Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Information Sciences and Technology, and Health and Human Development, along with the Office of the Vice President for Research. The center strives to capitalize on the network of Penn State resources in order to promote a holistic approach to understanding, analyzing and solving the current issues of access and quality in healthcare.
Workshop materials including presentations, selected papers, and reports are available upon request. Please email Lisa Korman at email@example.com for more information.