S 2713: Advancing Precision Medicine Act of 2016

This bill permits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out an initiative to address disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that may include collecting from a diverse cohort of individuals information that can be used to better understand health and disease. HHS may carry out specified activities relating to the initiative, including coordinating with the Department of Energy to address supercomputing needs.

In implementing the initiative, HHS must: (1) collaborate with the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; (2) implement secure data sharing; and (3) ensure inclusion of a broad range of participants, considering factors that contribute to health disparities.

S 2713 is sponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander and was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on April 6, 2016.