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Health 2050: The Realization of Personalized Medicine through Crowdsourcing, the Quantified Self, and the Participatory Biocitizen

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Author(s): Melanie Swan

Journal: Journal of Personalized Medicine
ISSN 2075-4426

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 93;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: personalized medicine | preventive medicine | crowdsourcing | participatory medicine | participant-centric initiatives | digital health | health empowerment | health trust communities | quantified self | future of medicine

ABSTRACT
The concepts of health and health care are moving towards the notion of personalized preventive health maintenance and away from an exclusive focus on the cure of disease. This is against the backdrop of contemporary public health challenges that include increasing costs, worsening outcomes, ‘diabesity’ epidemics, and anticipated physician shortages. Personalized preventive medicine could be critical to solving public health challenges at their causal root. This paper sets forth a vision and plan for the realization of preventive medicine by 2050 and examines efforts already underway such as participatory health initiatives, the era of big health data, and qualitative shifts in mindset.
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