The Myth of Average: Why Individual Patient Differences Matter


Everyone understands the need to bring greater cost-efficiency to American healthcare. That desire to contain spending drives changes in both the public and private sectors. Yet, what we’ve learned – and are learning more each day through advances in personalized medicine – is that there is no single solution for the healthcare needs of an entire population.

This challenge is going to receive a much-needed focus at the forum, “The Myth of Average: Why Individual Patient Differences Matter,” taking place on November 30 in Washington, D.C. As a co-sponsor for this full-day discussion, the Personalized Medicine Coalition applauds our colleagues at the National Pharmaceutical Council, National Health Council, and WellPoint for constructing an event at which the dialogue can truly make a difference. Leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will be on hand, alongside patient representatives and experts in biopharmaceutical innovation and medical research.

Speakers will share their perspectives on how health policy decisions can impact patient care and specifically inform a broader understanding that comparative effectiveness research has an important role to play in improving clinical care. You can view the full agenda at I hope to see you there.

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