It’s been almost six months since President Obama announced his $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative, an effort requiring the active participation of providers, researchers, and a national cohort of a million Americans who will volunteer their genetic and health data to achieve medical breakthroughs.

On Wednesday, the White House announced that federal agencies and private sector groups are “stepping up” to Obama’s call to action. The administration says stakeholders are starting to advance initiative goals by making health data more portable; ensuring patients can access and share their own health information, including contributing it for research; protecting patient privacy, security and choice; and supporting new research platforms connecting researcher and participants as partners.

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