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Precision Medicine & Genetic Testing

Precision Medicine

One of the most important movements in modern medical science is “precision medicine,” also referred to as “personalized medicine.” Traditional models of prevention and care are largely based on research that applies to the general population. It is therefore based on statistics and probability, and not focused on the individual.

In order to be “precise” we must look very deeply at each client’s health history, metabolic factors, genetic traits, family history, lifestyle, and socio-demographic factors before we create a care plan for them. We must understand the complete context of their life as well as the unique characteristics they were born with.

Harrison is deeply committed to this clinical philosophy.

Genetic Testing

The core tests, examinations, and assessments offered in our programs are personalized and comprehensive. They are the essentials of establishing a more precise risk profile and prevention plan. However, modern science now provides affordable genetic testing that can provide even greater insights into your personal health risks. Incorporating this information into your personal health plan is a major component of Precision Medicine at Harrison.

Understanding which tests are appropriate and scientifically validated can be a daunting task for an individual. There are an ever-increasing number of tests being made available by companies. Many offerings over-lap or fail to provide the scientific evidence for clinical utility that meets the Harrison standard. Harrison conducts the necessary research to qualify available tests and provides the expertise to correlate results with those obtained through your assessment under the Premier, Foundations, or Comprehensive Health Assessment program.

Genetically Informed Care Assessment (GICA™)

Harrison’s GICA service involves comprehensive testing prescribed by a genetic consultant following an in-depth review of your health history, family history, current medications, social & demographic profile, lifestyle, and health goals. The recommended testing identifies genetic variations associated with a wide range of conditions including hereditary cancers, cardiovascular diseases and other disorders that may be passed on to children. The genetic consultant is available to answer questions, de-mystify the science of Precision Medicine, and provide valuable information to your larger health team to refine and optimize your personalized care plan.


GICA is included for Premier and Foundations clients, and it is an optional service for Comprehensive Health Assessment clients.


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