European healthcare systems readiness to shift from 'one-size fits all' to personalized medicine

Sebastian Schee Genannt Halfmann, Nikolaos Evangelatos, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Angela Brand

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Personalized medicine (PM) is no longer an abstract healthcare approach. It has become a reality over the last years and is already successfully applied in the various medical fields. Although there are success stories of implementing PM, there are still many more opportunities to further implement and make full use of the potential of PM. We assessed the system readiness of healthcare systems in Europe to shift from the predominant 'one size fits all' healthcare approach to PM. We conclude that European healthcare systems are only partially ready for PM. Key challenges such as integration of big data, health literacy, reimbursement and regulatory issues need to be overcome in order to strengthen the implementation and uptake of PM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalPersonalized Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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