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Precision Health Toolkit

Launch page for the precision health / precision medicine toolkit

About the Precision Health Toolkit

The Precision Health Toolkit is a collection of guides on topics of interest and utility for the faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. 

About Precision Health & Precision Medicine

"Precision Medicine: A form of medicine that uses information about a person’s genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. In cancer, precision medicine uses specific information about a person’s tumor to help diagnose, plan treatment, find out how well treatment is working, or make a prognosis. Examples of precision medicine include using targeted therapies to treat specific types of cancer cells, such as HER2-positive breast cancer cells, or using tumor marker testing to help diagnose cancer. Also called personalized medicine."  NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

"You might have heard the terms “precision medicine” and “precision health” and wondered how they relate to you. Precision medicine, also called personalized medicine, helps your doctor find your unique disease risks and treatments that will work best for you. Precision health is broader—it includes precision medicine but also approaches that occur outside the setting of a doctor’s office or hospital, such as disease prevention and health promotion activities." CDC, Precision health: Improving health for each of us and all of us

"Until now, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” As a result of this “one-size-fits-all” approach, treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision Medicine, on the other hand, is an innovative approach that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. It gives medical professionals the resources they need to target the specific treatments of the illnesses we encounter, further develops our scientific and medical research, and keeps our families healthier." White House (Obama Archive), Precision Medicine Initiative


Genetic Science Learning Center: What is Precision Medicine? (GSLC)

Genetics Home Reference: What is precision medicine? (GHR)

Genetics Home Reference: What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine? What about pharmacogenomics?

National Cancer Institute (NCI): Precision Medicine in Cancer Treatment

Nature Outlook: Precision medicine (by Richard Hodson)


Glossary of Terms

Methods & Standards

Advancing Standards for Precision Medicine, Final Report, January 2021. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Precision FDA. "A secure, collaborative, high-performance computing platform that builds a community of experts around the analysis of biological datasets in order to advance precision medicine."

About the All Of Us Research Program

"The All of Us Research Program has a simple mission. We want to speed up health research breakthroughs. To do this, we’re asking one million people to share health information. In the future, researchers can use this to conduct thousands of health studies." Join All Of Us

NIH: All Of Us

All of Us Research (Facebook)

AMA Wire: Answers to patients’ top 5 questions on All of Us Research Program