Testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee on March 3, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., credited the advent of electronic health record systems with providing the big data necessary for President Obama’s new $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.

Collins told a hearing on NIH’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, held by the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, that information about the “interaction between genes and environment that results in disease” has been elusive to date.

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