by Peter W. Huber
October 23, 2013
Medicine is fast becoming a true information industry, with drug designers able to read every letter of life’s code, create precisely targeted drugs to control it, and tailor their use to individual patients. But the translation of these advances into better medical care is lagging far behind the science. Washington can’t handle the torrents of data that now propel the advance of molecular medicine and is reluctant to embrace the statistical methods of the information age that can. Obsolete policies now stifle innovation and suppresses investment in the medicine that can provide the best cures at the lowest cost. In The Cure in the Code Huber demonstrates convincingly that we are the beginning of a medical revolution with the potential to extend and dramatically improve the quality of our lives—but only if we get beyond a framework of scientific and economic regulation that is a relic of the past.