CIO Dr. Shafiq Rab to lead HackensackUMC's Precision Medicine initiative efforts

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center has been selected by the White House to participate in its Precision Medicine Initiative, a research effort aiming to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare.

"On behalf of Hackensack University Medical Center, I am honored to accept the President's call to action to be part of this groundbreaking initiative to transform patient care by harnessing the power of information technology," Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network, said in a statement. "At HackensackUMC, we have been committed to precision medicine, and have been working for several years on genomics and real-time monitoring of glucose, blood pressure, cardiac rhythm and other biomedical information. I am excited that HackensackUMC will be lending its expertise and experience to this national movement to create an interoperable system that is more collaborative while at the same time safeguarding patient privacy."

Shafiq Rab, MD, vice president and CIO for Hackensack UMC will lead the initiative.

"It is our commitment to provide a delivery mechanism to move the concept of precision medicine into everyday medical practice," Dr. Rab said in a statement. "We believe the most important person in healthcare is the patient. The patient should have the ability to access his/her information at anytime from anywhere for any purpose — as well as be able to share that information with any healthcare provider they choose anywhere, anytime, without any barriers, securely."

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