The Translational Medicine Initiative fosters multidimensional understanding of medicine, health, and wellness, compared to the more narrow and linear conceptual models that underpin traditional clinical practice. This is predicated on incorporating systems biology and the use of data science, machine learning, and data innovation, while working with high-dimensional data within a robust framework of privacy and governance. The Translational Medicine
initiative also aims to integrate Indigenous knowledge systems into clinical practice, along with robust and novel mechanisms for patient engagement and determination of care, by linking to personal health records and data portals. Academic institutions in British Columbia (BC) have already engaged with the initiative. Given the additional alignment with one health and planetary health objectives, rural health is envisaged to play an important role in this initiative.