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5/17/10 - OSU Medical Center and the P4 Institute

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Uploaded on May 12, 2010

At OSU Medical Center, were committed to improving peoples lives and Im excited to share a partnership that will help us deliver on that promise today and into the future.

The OSU Board of Trustees today approved plans for The Ohio State University Medical Center to be a founding member of the P4 Medicine Institute, recognizing Ohio States leadership in areas of healthcare delivery and research. The Institute is a partnership with The Institute for Systems Biology an internationally known research organization located in Seattle. Its the countrys only non-profit research organization dedicated to accelerating the emergence and adoption of P4 medicine - health care that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory - and its impact on our society. Congratulations to Dr. Clay Marsh, our Vice Dean for Research and head of our Center for Personalized Health Care, for leading these efforts.

P4 medicine, or personalized medicine, utilizes gene-based information to understand each persons individual requirements for maintaining health, preventing disease and tailoring therapy for their genetic uniqueness.

P4 medicine is exciting and it is something we can all relate to.

The 4 Ps are: Prevent, Participate, Predict, and Personalize.

You may be able to think of ways your using components of P4 medicine in your own life today. When I think about myself, I can think of several examples of the P4 principles:

For example, I participate in my healthcare by talking with my doctors when I think I should adjust my insulin doses.

I work to prevent through exercise and having a colonscopy.

Predict means that my glycosylated hemoglobin or A1c level tells me about my risk of complications from diabetes.

And, my health care is personalized to me when I modify my diet so its heart healthy and has foods that I enjoy eating.

There are many ways that each of us here at OSU Medical Center improve peoples lives through participating, preventing, predicting and personalizing.

For example, many of our researchers work to find genes and even smaller units, microRNAs that will predict disease as well as what treatment options will work the best for individuals. Our environmental service associates work diligently to keep our facilities clean so that we prevent falls and infection.

Our nurses and physicians personalize care every day - by getting to know their patients and adapting their approach based on the patient's needs, lifestyle, and environment. And, each of us has the opportunity to participate in our health care through Your Plan for Health activities.

P4 medicine is proactive and will lead to a transformation in health care so that it costs less, provides higher quality outcomes and yields better patient satisfaction. It will be a key component of the health care reform process.

As a founding member of the P4 Medicine Institute, the OSU Medical Center will enhance its reputation as a world leader in delivering personalized medicine by having access to partners, resources, innovations and funding to help change the way health care is delivered. It will accelerate our efforts to improve peoples lives through personalized healthcare today and into the future.

I hope youre as excited about this as I am. I look forward to sharing more about this partnership and P4 Medicine with you in the weeks to come. In the meantime, take some time to talk with your team about ways you can help deliver the 4 Ps and then share those ideas in the comment section of this blog. I'd love to hear what youre doing.

Have a great week.

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