Cardiac surgery patients get precisely the right dose of blood thinners to avoid clotting. Glaucoma patients use the least costly, most effective eye drops that lower pressure in their eyes. Diabetics get the therapy they need, based on their genetics, to avoid amputations. Personalized medicine projects already under way are working toward achieving these and many other quality improvement and cost-savings goals.

Pairing genetic information with clinical information in electronic health records is paving the way for a revolution in health care, pioneers in the field say. Ultimately, clinicians will be able to much more precisely pinpoint disease treatments that will yield the best results for a patient. And business intelligence and data mining applications are playing key roles in the early research efforts.

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