Personalized Medicine and the Power of Electronic Health Records

Cell. 2019 Mar 21;177(1):58-69. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.02.039.


Personalized medicine has largely been enabled by the integration of genomic and other data with electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States and elsewhere. Increased EHR adoption across various clinical settings and the establishment of EHR-linked population-based biobanks provide unprecedented opportunities for the types of translational and implementation research that drive personalized medicine. We review advances in the digitization of health information and the proliferation of genomic research in health systems and provide insights into emerging paths for the widespread implementation of personalized medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Health Records / trends*
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genome, Human / genetics
  • Genomics / methods
  • Genomics / trends
  • Humans
  • Precision Medicine / methods*
  • Precision Medicine / trends*
  • United States