Precision Health Changes Health Innovation, Commercialization Ecosystems and Public Health Emergency Response Systems

  • Craig Scott
  • Jennifer Zwicker


The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates how vital it is for the Alberta government to incorporate precision health (PH) planning into its public health ecosystem. Public health shocks demand quick thinking, rapid adaptation and good decision- making driven by data. PH offers all that and more, and not just in health care. In ordinary times, PH tailors diagnosis and treatment to an individual patient’s needs. When a crisis arises, PH focuses on assessing risks to provide targeted interventions and treatments to larger populations.