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Precision medicine has the ability to improve patient outcomes, care delivery, and disease research.
FREMONT, CA: Precision medicine has evolved in recent years as a significant way to offer personalized, comprehensive care to patients with an extensive range of diseases. Researchers have shown how precision techniques could reverse many lung disorders, enhance heart disease treatment, and boost cancer patient outcomes. With more and more healthcare firms implementing precision medicine strategies and with all the promise these approaches could bring, it seems that the age of precision healthcare is right around the corner. However, several hurdles persist when it comes to incorporating these strategies in clinical care. Read on to know more.
Comprehensive Infrastructure and Technology
In order for precision medicine to be successful in healthcare, providers require the digital tools needed to make sense of the data that comes with innovative techniques. Health systems will need to deliver providers tools and systems that will allow them to make more informed decisions. The health information technology community will require to design secure and interoperable genomics-powered systems for actionable use in both healthcare and community settings. While artificial intelligence platforms have evolved as viable tools to allow the use of precision medicine, these technologies can also bring innovative challenges.
Education and Training
As interest in commercial genetic testing emerges among consumers, primary care physicians have increasingly had to put clinical context around patients’ test outcomes. However, care providers have not had in-depth training in genomics or genetics in medical school. Several healthcare leaders find themselves in an unexpected situation rather than other specialists—increasingly have become the front line for genetic and genomic testing in their firms. To advance the use of precision medicine tactics in clinical care, leaders and educators should include genomics into training or medical school curricula.
While the advantages of precision medicine are well-documented, there is also the great ability for these techniques to perpetuate current care disparities and inequities that pervade the healthcare sector. In order to reap the values of precision medicine, the industry will need to remediate existing disparities. To overcome this challenge, research firms from across the country are launching projects to promote inclusivity in genomics.