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Even today, personalised medicine would allow for more accurate prevention and treatment

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Affairs, physicians will discuss today at the conference to be held in Tallinn, what practical opportunities for health care are being opened up due to rapid developments in personalised medicine. Personalised medicine helps to find as much individual preventive or treatment plan as possible for everyone, when analysing a person's genetic data, as well as the environmental data, the data on health behaviours and usual diseases. For the first time, top experts both from Estonia, and from elsewhere in the world, will be presenting at the conference those developments, which can be used, even today, in everyday medical practice.

According to the Health and Labour Minister Rannar Vassiljev, Estonia is a good example of how we can, in cooperation with the various parties, implement innovative opportunities in health care. "The individual approach supports broader objectives in health care, where it is important to provide patient-friendliness, prevention, treatment quality, and cost-effectiveness," the minister said. "The personalised medicine project will bring together both our e-solutions, and medical innovations, in order to offer new opportunities for disease prevention and treatment", Vassiljev added.

At the conference, there will be presented the personalised medicine solutions applied in everyday medical practice, as well as relevant advances in treatment of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

"In practice, personalised medicine gives advanced decision-making tools to a doctor and a patient, complete with guidelines for action, which will greatly help to focus more accurately on the future risk management, rather than on the liquidation of the consequences", the e-services development and innovation deputy secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs Ain Aaviksoo explained. "Being personalised means that, when advising or evaluating the health risks, the patient is dealt with individually, rather than on the overall average treatment recommendation. E-health options for analysing each person's individual health and genetic data are applied in context of existing medical knowledge. When planning preventive activities, for example, in connection with diabetes, more attention should be paid, first of all, to persons with elevated genetic risk. Treatment of same disease varies depending on genetic traits as well. Also, the patient's role continues to grow, because the people themselves can adjust their lifestyles, taking into account their individual risks and preferences”, Aaviksoo added.

The conference is organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs, in cooperation with Celsius health care. The conference is a part of preparatory activities for the pilot project called “Personalised medicine implementation in health care for years 2016–2018”. Its organisation is supported by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the TerVE programme, which is being realised by the Estonian Research Council.

The conference starts on 11th June at 13:00 in Tallinn, Olympia Conference Centre.

Additional information about the conference and arranging interviews:
Eli Lilles
Celsius Healthcare
Mob: 5698 8110

Armo Vask
Ministry of Social Affairs
Adviser on Media Relations
Tel: 626 9304
Mob: 5666 8581