Health Tech Reads: Precision Medicine: Genomic Profiles to Individualize Therapy

This week for Health Tech Reads we decided to read an article. Precision Genomics are a topic of interest for Health IT vendors and providers. Prashant Natarajan is sharing his article Precision Medicine: Genomic Profiles to Individualize Therapy. The goal of Health Tech Reads is to promote access to books and increase knowledge for STEM. Every week we chat about interesting things we read and also invite people to select a school and donate books or get involved in their local Health Tech community through mentoring. Want to get involved or sponsor a week? Contact us on Twitter. Please also know that our friends at #HCLDR are promoting raising money for the Red Cross for a hurricane relief efforts. 

The question for discussion are:

  1. "Precision medicine" is evolutionary. How do you define it in practical terms?
  2. What type of data can/should be aggregated from machine learning?
  3. What type of data can/should be collected through smart devices?
  4. Referring to Q2 and 3, how much should we rely on patient-generated data?
  5. Can applying precision medicine techniques alone improve internal/external workflows? If so, how?
  6. Can you keep bias out of precision medicine when integrating SDOH & BDOH into it?
  7. Bonus: How do we apply precision medicine principles to immunotherapies when data ownership is of the essence?

This week the Research Loop is part of the chat today. They have a fantastic way to improve clinical knowledge and care. A little about them:

The Research Loop transforms research  by adding the patient and caregiver voice in a whole new way.  It closes the gap between when a completed study is published and before new research starts. By registering and filling out the Offering Feedback to Researchers form, patients and caregivers can give input on published research to highlight ways future research can improve.  The feedback offered to researchers can help them with their future work by helping them identify issues that matter to patients and caregivers and improve the quality of research.

To start giving feedback you can register at

And feel free to take a look at some of our educational resources at

I registered at the site and it was pretty painless. I'm planning to give feedback about this article.

Next week our book is: No More Mr. Nice Guy.


I'm hoping to hear a lot of comments from Women in tech about it!