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6/20/2018
FORCE joined over two dozen orgs in a statement on the final rule permitting expansion of association health plans. Read Statement...

6/1/2018
FORCE staff are attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago.

5/9/18
We joined 80 patient advocacy, medical, and industry orgs in urging Congress to enact legislation to modernize FDA oversight of clinical laboratory diagnostics. Read letter...

5/8/2018
FORCE, along with over 100 other organizations, is advocating for continued funding of DoD research programs. Read our letters to Senate and House leaders.

4/17/18
FORCE and over 100 patient and professional health orgs reached out to Congressional leaders to oppose expansion of short-term health insurance plans. Read letter...

Precision Medicine Initiative

Screening & Prevention

Overview

On January 20, 2015, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI) in his State of the Union address. Through advances in research, technology and policies that empower patients, the PMI will pave the way for a new era of medicine in which researchers, health care providers and patients collaborate to achieve individualized care.

The President called for $215 million in fiscal year 2016 to support the Initiative, which includes several components with efforts from across the federal government. Of this total proposed budget, $130 million was allocated to the National Institues of Health to build a national, large-scale research participant group, called a cohort, and $70 million was allocated to the National Cancer Institute to lead efforts in cancer genomics as part of PMI for Oncology.

The biggest conceptual leap reflected by the new initiative is an effort to disrupt the old paradigm of conducting scores of studies designed to yield narrow results--instead, creating an extensive research cohort that will collect health information from at least a million volunteers by 2019, from different sources including electronic medical records, genetic analyses and smartphones or wearable sensors.

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