Unlocking the Potentials of Technology in Precision Medicine

Unlocking the Potentials of Technology in Precision Medicine

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 19, 2020

Precision medicine is poised to be a revolutionary leap in the field of medicine, and technologies will add impetus to bring the concept into fruition.

FREMONT, CA: Healthcare is undergoing an explosive transformation, and it is imperative to leverage new technologies to support the advent of precision medicine (PM). Recent technological advancements have enhanced the understanding of disease pathogenesis and altered the way healthcare facilities diagnose and treat disease leading to precise, predictable and powerful health care that is customized for the individual patient. PM aims to allow clinicians to quickly, efficiently and accurately predict the appropriate action for a patient. To achieve this, clinicians are in demand of technology tools that are both compatible with clinical workflow and economically feasible. Those tools can simplify the process of managing the complexity that underlies human diseases.  Read on to know more.

To help the creation and refinement of technology tools, a PM ecosystem is in continuous development and is the solution to the problem. The PM is beginning to link and share data among clinicians, laboratories, research enterprises, and clinical-information-system developers. It is estimated that these initiatives will create the foundation of an evolving healthcare system that is potent to significantly accelerating the advancement of precision medicine.  Since precision medicine is about data gathering and problem-solving based on analysis, technologies can be a perfect fit for it. The combination of modern technologies allows the healthcare industry to bring precision medicine into mainstream practice. These technologies can also let medical practitioners gather data on individual patients.

Precision medicine needs a detailed analysis of data performed both on a macro-level, including identifying health trends across populations and detailed analyses on an individual, genetic level. The technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and blockchain can help in doing that, and with further research and development, can assist in doing more.

The impact that can be brought about by the use of the data gathered by IoT sensors can be much more significant. The IoT sensors can gather huge data about patients in a highly accurate, detailed manner. AI can analyze a patient’s medical history, health habits, and their genetic characteristics to predict whether a treatment will be effective or not. Blockchain is used to store and secure highly sensitive patient data in an anonymized means. This can ensure that only necessary information gets shared with pertinent people without the fear of the data falling into the wrong hands.

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