The goal of the Personal Health Lab is to explore the integration of diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical responses for the prevention, early detection and early treatment of disease.
The Personal Health Lab grew from the idea that William M. Castell, former President and CEO of GE Healthcare and current Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, proposed at the inaugural Pacific Health Summit that decision-makers need metrics to track countries' progress in adopting preventive health measures. Over time, the Lab evolved to include personal health with a primary focus on personalized medicine. The Lab is designed to facilitate collaborations and provide tools for leaders in the field as well as leverage emerging technologies that allow the medical community to target patients' unique profiles.
Health Initiative (EHI)
The Early Health Initiative, a project that ran from 2005-2006, focused on metrics that promote and measure early health practices. The EHI focused on three core areas:
- Biosurveillance–Understanding how existing systems can promote early health.
- Metrics–Acquiring data.
- Diagnostics–Emphasizing the importance of early detection.