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The initiative is described as “a revolutionary approach for disease prevention and treatment." (Photo: Shutterstock)

The days of one-size-fits-all, scattershot approaches to health care may be on the wane. A National Institutes of Health program, the All of Us Research Program, aims to customize patient care to a fine degree that would both improve patient health and reduce patient care costs by creating a more-efficient health delivery system.

All of Us is essentially an umbrella program to fund and develop the Precision Medicine Initiative, described by NIH as “a revolutionary approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biology.” PMI was created last year with a $130 million allocation to NIH to build a massive research participant group. The goal: using a research cohort of 1 million U.S. patients, drill down on the effects of genetics, lifestyle and environment on health and — by extrapolation — medical care.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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