Precision Health in Health Care

Within our reach is the ability to completely change the very nature of health care to one of personalized care focused on keeping people healthy.

Patient First: Improving the Patient-Physician Relationship  

A prevailing culture of connection guides all aspects of Precision Health, with an emphasis on prediction and prevention as well as precise diagnosis and treatment. While technology is critical to quality and safety in the delivery of care, patient-first care begins with understanding what is important to patients. 

Patients want easy access to care that is predictive and preventive, plus expert guidance and care with minimally invasive treatments from a compassionate provider. Physicians and caregivers crave better engagement with better-informed patients, as well as physician wellness, satisfaction and productivity.

Together, patients and physicians share the common goals of personalized, cost-effective, superior outcomes.

Patient Participation: Wearable Devices Power Prediction, Prevention, Treatment and Research

Epidemics of preventable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease are ideal targets for applying Precision Health to vastly improve individual and population health.

Wearable devices can keep patients and their physicians informed about both current outcomes and the insidious onset of disease.

At the same time, wearable devices can feed data into an iterative system of research and care, where research on patient behavior and physician care fuel enhanced outcomes of the future.

Promoting a Healthier World

Stanford Medicine is collaborating with the American Heart Association on a global cardiovascular study to advance our understanding of the heart and what motivates people to improve their heart health. Despite major advances in prevention and treatment, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide.

The MyHeart Counts app — a first-of-its-kind app built on Apple’s ResearchKit platform — makes it easy for healthy people to share their physical activity and cardiac risk factor data.That data generates better methods of preventing and treating heart disease — a first step in unraveling the complex relationship between health and human behavior.

The personal genetics company 23andMe has also contributed to the research with technology that allows 23andMe customers to simultaneously share their activity, hearth health data and genomic data to the MyHealth Counts research.

Transforming Cancer Care

Our cancer care demonstrates how our fundamental research and preeminent clinical care come together to dramatically change how we approach treating diseases.

By forming a world -renowned team in genomics, in-vitro diagnostics, imaging, immunology, bioinformatics, regenerative medicine and other disciplines, Stanford sets the standard of cancer care with a multidisciplinary treatment model that is comprehensive and coordinated.