Lawrence Chu on Expanding Precision Medicine through Digital Health

Aug 21, 2018

Prof. Lawrence Chu and his students at the Stanford Medicine X program look into the future of healthcare and explore what role technology needs to play to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

“Precision medicine is not only about the right genomic information. It is lifestyle information, microbiomic and metabolomic information, also census data or patient generated data.” – Lawrence Chu


Key takeaways:

  • The hunt for the next big innovation in healthcare is the search for a service that can be improved through technology.
  • As an example, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) for patients with heart problems, are being prescribed too often and not enough at the same time. If we are not getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, it is a problem for the patient and a problem for the bottom line.
  • Both in precision medicine and in innovating healthcare delivery, digital health tools will not take over the role of the healthcare service industry, but Healthcare service delivery as a technology-enabled industry can increase productivity and deliver better value to patients.

About the speaker

Prof. Larry Chu from Stanford University is Executive Director of Stanford Medicine X, a premier health innovation program focusing on the intersection of emerging technologies and medicine.


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