CEO Blog: Improving Health Through Genetics and Big Data


By Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President and CEO for Renown Health

To understand the factors that impact the health of the individuals we serve within our community, we have to look outside the walls of our hospital. At Renown Health, we recognize that to significantly impact the health of our community, we have to learn more about the exact relationship between health, genetics, social determinants and the environment.

I am tremendously proud of Renown Health’s partnership with the Desert Research Institute and 23andMe. Together, we conducted a ground-breaking, community-based population health study that holds great promise. By combining genetic data with health and population data, as well as information from environmental databases, we are identifying and modeling public health risks ranging from disease and illness to the effects of air quality on the health of Nevadans. This information will help us respond strategically to the future health needs of our patients and communities, thereby improving care delivery in our region.

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