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“This report sets out a strategic vision for how the healthcare system in the UK – and particularly in the NHS – can benefit from the mainstream adoption of genomic technology. It also provides specific recommendations on the steps that need to be taken to realise this vision.
Genomic technologies have the potential to transform the delivery of healthcare in the UK, providing vital insights to support more accurate diagnosis of disease and inform therapeutic decisions – so that more patients get the right treatment at the right time. They can enhance preventive care and enrich our understanding of disease risk, as well as enabling outbreaks of infectious diseases to be controlled faster. Indeed, as the report shows, genomic technologies are already beginning to deliver these benefits within the NHS and UK public health.
Our report looks at how the achievements to date can be built upon, moving towards a world-class system for adopting innovation and spreading the application of genomic technologies within the NHS and through public health programmes, aiming to improve patient outcomes and overall population health. More importantly, it considers the challenges that need to be addressed if the UK is to realise these benefits.”