What Can Precision Medicine Do in Healthcare Delivery?

What Can Precision Medicine Do in Healthcare Delivery?

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, November 05, 2020

Precision medicine or personalized medicine eliminates the one size fits all medicine approach and strives to deliver patients what they need.

FREMONT, CA: Precision medicine may sound like a new thing, but the concept has been around for years. Precision medicine is an evolving method for disease treatment and prevention that considers individual variability in genes and lifestyle for each patient. When someone needs a blood transfusion, they're not given blood from a randomly opted person. Instead, to mitigate the risk of complications, the recipient and donor's blood type is matched. The adoption of precision medicine will grow in the coming years because of its advantages to healthcare providers, and patients are several. Know more here.

Healthcare providers can enhance diagnostic accuracy by leveraging patients' genetic and other molecular data as part of the process. This irons out the possibilities of variations in diagnoses performed by multiple care providers. These factors are critical to effective patient care. Years of research show that genetic shifts in one patient's tumor may not match another patient with the same type of cancer, so the two patients could react to the same treatment differently. By focusing on this type of underlying variations rather than on the disease, precision medicine offers care providers the opportunity to target individuals' treatments. Ideally, this customization will present faster, effective care to people.

While implementing precision medicine to patient care, medical facilities have to evaluate an overwhelming amount of data. The clinical and genomic data required to develop precision treatment methods will need practices to employ advanced data storage and analytics systems. So, if the care facility lacks the technical infrastructure needed to carry out precision medicine, it should make sure to deploy proper infrastructure in advance to access and share up-to-date and actionable insights.

Many medical facilities are already using precision medicine, which had existed long before it had a specific term. Precision medicine spans the whole process, from genetics to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management. It is essential that while certain data may be easily accessible, it's important to have discussions with physicians before making decisions regarding disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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