As personalized health care gains momentum, it will raise a number of challenges for society and for the way we manage health care. The mapping of the first human genome led to an explosion of knowledge in genetics. In the wake of this enthusiasm, many hasty promises were made. Today, however, the question is not whether personalized health care will one day be a reality – as in the early 90s, when only a few believed in the Internet’s potential to become a tool for the masses… What must be our priority is rather the adaptation of the health care ecosystem to the imminent advent of PHC in order to fully leverage its benefits.
HEALTH CARE ECOSYSTEM
TO LEVERAGE THE
BENEFITS OF PHCP
Here are some of the issues that need to be addressed:
- How is the clinical relevance of PHC solutions to be evaluated?
- What is the cost/benefit ratio of PHC versus traditional methods?
- How can new PHC solutions be integrated into the healthcare system?
- How to protect personal information generated by PHC while providing access for greater efficiency of health care management?
- What are the social, ethical and legal implications of PHC?
- How will citizens be informed and supported with regard to their individual risks of developing certain diseases?
- How will the relation citizen-physician-healthcare system evolve?
The QNPHC has a two-step strategy to position Quebec as a global leader in the development and implementation of PHC:
- 2011 – 2015: Demonstrate and assess the benefits and impact of incorporating personalized health care into the Quebec healthcare system
- 2016 – 2020: Accelerate and strengthen PHC practices
During these two time periods, specific actions will be required on the scientific, clinical, political and legal fronts, in terms of the healthcare system and the management of health information.