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Washington's PeaceHealth Joins ISB-led Personalized Medicine Initiative

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PeaceHealth, a Washington state-based non-profit health system, has partnered with the P4 Medicine institute, or P4Mi, a non-profit consortium focused on applying personalized medicine in the clinic, the partners announced today.

PeaceHealth said that its partnership with P4 Medicine, which was launched in 2010 by the Institute for Systems Biology and The Ohio State University, will ultimately provide its network of medical centers in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon with new genome-based predictive and diagnostic tools.

The non-profit said that it will work with P4Mi leaders to identify pilot projects that will be launched over the next two years in its medical practices and communities.

P4Mi is centered around the vision of advancing what Leroy Hood, ISB co-founder and president and chairman of P4Mi's board of directors, calls P4 medicine — healthcare that is predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory.

"PeaceHealth will help us integrate emerging biologic science into community-based care models, and make innovations in wellness and health accessible to whole communities," Hood said in a statement.

"Over time, we hope to take rapidly emerging P4Mi health and wellness innovations and integrate them into everyday interactions between PeaceHealth providers and their patients to better predict, prevent, and treat disease," added Peter Adler, PeaceHealth's senior VP for strategy, innovation, and development.

The partnership agreement makes PeaceHealth a founding community health partner of P4Mi, along with OSU's Center for Personalized Health at the Wexner Medical Center.

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