“Population Health” is a relatively new term that appears frequently in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and in recent communication from the US Department of Health and Human Services. It has been defined in the American Journal of Public Health as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes with the group.” The publication states that the field of population health includes health outcomes, patterns of health determinants and policies, and the interventions that link these.
Genomics is the study of the genome, including t genes and the non-coding part, and the role they play in biology and disease. As this science advances, the information learned and the application of that information will transform the healthcare industry due to an enhanced ability to diagnose, predict, prevent and treat diseases. It also allows for a more personalized approach to healthcare because it allows individuals to determine what diseases they are genetically predisposed to, as well as what treatments will work best with their genetic makeup.