Last week I was in Boston attending the 5th annual Personalized Medicine conference, subtitled: The Time is Now. The event was once again held at the Martin Conference Center of the Harvard Medical School. Raju Kacherlapati and his team once again did an incredible job; over 600 people in attendance.
There is momentum; there is a need to bring this subject to the forefront of people's consciousness because I believe, as a patient advocate, that making personalized medicine a reality will result in better outcomes for patients, that cancer as a disease calls for personalization, and that costs will be reduced.
One of the most interesting presentations, for me, came from Jon Friedenberg, VP of El Camino Hospital in California. This is a community hospital that is making genetic testing available to its patients, that is dealing with cost factors and that is achieving wellness for its customers.
More to come on this subject.