Systems Cancer Medicine: Towards Realization of Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory (P4) Medicine.

J Intern Med. 2011 Dec 5. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02498.x. [Epub ahead of print]
Tian Q, Price ND, Hood L.
Institute for Systems Biology

Excerpts from the abstract: A grand challenge impeding optimal treatment outcomes for cancer patients arises from the complex nature of the disease. Systems biology enables a comprehensive approach to medicine. [T]he mounting influx of global quantitative data from both wellness and diseases is shaping up a transformational paradigm we termed predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory (P4) medicine. P4 medicine will have a profound impact on society – transforming the healthcare system, turning around the ever escalating costs of healthcare, digitizing the practice of medicine and creating enormous economic opportunities for those organizations and nations that embrace this revolution.

PMID: 22142401

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