What we do
Bring P4 Medicine to Society:
P4Mi brings to bear a unique and creative combination of concrete projects and policy analysis. Each supports the other as projects inform policy analysis which in turn informs project development.
1. P4 Projects
In collaboration with strategic partners the P4 Medicine institute will bring P4 Medicine to society by establishing projects to build the healthcare of tomorrow. P4 projects will be adapted to many different kinds of populations with different needs and demands. However, all will have the following common elements:
- The generation of personal data clouds including key dimensions of individual health such as: 1) your genome; 2) your gut microbiome; 3) your metabolomics; 4) your nutritional profile; 5) your proteomics; 6) activity and lifestyle data. Genomic data is static, but all other kinds of data are constantly changing and will be monitored periodically to build a picture of your health as it changes with age and circumstances.
- The ongoing application of systems biology [Link to SB page] to each personal data cloud to produce a stream of personalized actionable health information that will be used by a) physicians to make more cost-effective diagnosis and treatments; and B) Patients (sick people) and consumers (healthy people) to live healthier, more productive lives;
- Aggregation and analysis of de-identified personal data clouds to produce new insights into the causes of health and disease. These insights will lead to more productive actionable information, and kick start a learning cycle in which better care leads to more data which produces even better care.
2. Policy Analysis and Advocacy
P4 Medicine puts into play a multidimensional new social paradigm that require careful policy analysis:
- Policy makers and business leaders must implement new policies and strategies to exploit the economic opportunities and meet the challenges of an unsubsidized wellness industry, which are completely different from that of the subsidized reactive care system;
- The field of bioethics, which is presently focused on the activities of physicians and scientists in laboratory and clinical settings, must develop new concepts and standards to deal with the challenges of applying science-based wellness care in homes, workplaces, and schools;
- New business models must be supported by a legal and policy regime that abandons the old model of proprietary data in favor of the creation of a pre-competitive digital data commons and knowledge network;
- Public education will be required to help consumers meet the challenges of using personalized actionable health information in their daily lives;
- Business will have to develop new tools for engaging pioneering wellness consumers as co-innovators rather than passive purchasers of pre-packaged health solutions.
- Payers much be made to realize how much participants in 100K wellness programs can save the healthcare system and be persuaded to write policies that acknowledge these savings.