Responsibility Broadens for Enrollment of Participants into NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program
“We are exceptionally fortunate to be working with an unparalleled group of partners and to be able to leverage the strengths of these leaders from a broad spectrum of sectors—pharmaceutical companies and health insurers to wireless technology experts and mobile application developers,” said Topol. “The depth and breadth of expertise of these organizations will be invaluable to our goal of advancing individualized medicine at a national level.”
To enroll the 350,000 “direct volunteers,” Topol’s team at STSI will work with:
• Leidos/QTC, the largest provider of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services;
• Quintiles Quest (Q2) Solutions, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services;
• San Diego Blood Bank, the primary supplier of blood to hospitals in San Diego County;
• National Blood Collaborative, a national network of leading blood centers; and
• EMSI, a leading national provider of both medical information and risk management services.
• Sage Bionetworks, a leader in biomedical research-related mobile-apps and platforms;
• WebMD, a leading health and medical news publisher;
• Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 106 million members;
• PatientsLikeMe, a premier online patient network;
• Computer Science Corporation, one of the largest global healthcare system integrators and major provider of call center support; and
• Qualcomm Inc., a leader in 4G and next-generation mobile technologies.
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