The Precision Driven Health initiative is contributing to the growing body of international research that is identifying and enabling the capture of data that is vital for the practice of the precision medicine. This includes genetic data, as well as information from exogenous sources such as an individual's diet and social circumstances.
With its focus on keeping people healthy and out of hospital for as long as possible precision medicine makes good economic sense.
As governments around the world grapple with the rising cost of healthcare driven by an ageing population, they are realising the importance of precision medicine. U.S. President Barack Obama has launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, while in Britain they have begun the 100,000 Genomes Project.
The Precision Driven Health research initiative is New Zealand's contribution to this exciting new field in medicine. Orion Health is a founding participant, along with Waitemata District Health Board and the University of Auckland, with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.