High-Definition Medicine

Cell. 2017 Aug 24;170(5):828-843. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.08.007.


The foundation for a new era of data-driven medicine has been set by recent technological advances that enable the assessment and management of human health at an unprecedented level of resolution-what we refer to as high-definition medicine. Our ability to assess human health in high definition is enabled, in part, by advances in DNA sequencing, physiological and environmental monitoring, advanced imaging, and behavioral tracking. Our ability to understand and act upon these observations at equally high precision is driven by advances in genome editing, cellular reprogramming, tissue engineering, and information technologies, especially artificial intelligence. In this review, we will examine the core disciplines that enable high-definition medicine and project how these technologies will alter the future of medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Datasets as Topic
  • Disease / genetics
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Fitness Trackers
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genome, Human
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Precision Medicine / methods*