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Dignity, CHI launch precision-medicine program

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Two major nonprofit integrated-delivery networks, San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, have formed what might be  America’s  largest precision-medicine program.

The Precision Medicine Alliance — a partnership formed as a limited-liability corporation between the two health systems — will make genetics-based diagnosis and treatment available at almost 150 community hospitals serving a total of  about 12 million patients a year..

The organization’s initial project  will  focus on diagnostic tumor profiling. Eventually, the program will move into predicting risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as into pharmacogenomics.

The partnership is  aligned with the  Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

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