Cerner has announced its participation in “Sync for Science,” the Obama administration’s precision medicine initiative (PMI) designed to give patients the tools to donate their own health data to help improve health outcomes and treat disease. Thirty organizations that have pledged their commitment to “Sync for Science” and will participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit being held today Thursday, Feb. 25, at the White House.
The core of the program is development of a research cohort to engage 1 million or more Americans who would volunteer their health data for research purposes. Cerner will pilot the use of open, standardized application program interfaces to enable patients to share their electronic health record data as part of the initiative.
“Cerner is committed to helping advance precision medicine through patient-enabled research to help break down data silos,” said Dr. David McCallie, senior vice president, Medical Informatics, Cerner. “It’s an investment in the future of health care, which will benefit the industry overall.”
Mr. Obama introduced the PMI in his State of the Union address, stating that it is intended to will enable a new era of medicine in which researchers, providers and patients work together to develop individualized care. He has called for $215 million in fiscal year 2016 to support the Initiative, which includes several components with efforts from across the federal government. Of this total proposed budget, $130 million was allocated to NIH to build a national, large-scale research participant group, called a cohort, and $70 million was allocated to the National Cancer Institute to lead efforts in cancer genomics as part of PMI for Oncology.
According to a release by the White House, the PMI Cohort Program will seek to extend precision medicine to all diseases by building a national research cohort of 1 million or more participants to include “data-driven supporting research at the intersection of human biology, behavior, genetics, environment, data science and computation, and much more to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease, and will broadly reflect the diversity of the United States. population by including participants from diverse social, racial/ethnic, and ancestral populations living in a variety of geographies, social environments, and economic circumstances, and from all age groups and health statuses.”
Cerner’s own health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide, while its solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs.