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In the US, use of the Mitra device is limited to research and non-diagnostic applications. In many countries outside the US, the Mitra device can be used as a sample collection device for clinical diagnostic applications, as referenced in some content.

the promise of personalized medicine revealed

by Neoteryx | 1 min read

a computer tablet with a displaying a variety of health and specific medical history of a female patientThe conversation around some of our most fearsome diseases is changing, taking on new notes of optimism and hope. It is possible for diseases that were considered deadly to be diagnosed and treated in time with greater precision, thanks to the numerous tech-driven gains and innovations. Innovations, even though some are in their early stages, have helped realize the future of personalized medicine.

Data collection, in particular, is changing. New, personalized healthtech can enable telemedicine, collecting and leveraging patient monitoring data in real time.

As healthcare gets rapidly smarter, trial-and-error medicine is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Personalized medicine guarantees you a refined diagnosis to identify your ailment. Your risk of a misdiagnosis is substantially reduced. Doctors take into account you – everyone – has unique physiology and the metabolize drugs differently. You are given the best treatment and the right dosage based on your physiology.

Researchers can now link diseases to specific genes. It’s possible by sequencing the human genome. Consequently, molecular pathways are easily mapped. When a gene changes or mutates, then manifests as a disease in the body, it’s easier to identify.

Previously, any kind of manifestation was considered a single disease. With personalized medicine systems in place, diagnostic tools have been developed to separately identify a subtype of the disease and the chemical agents that cause illness. Diseases such as cancer can now be better-managed in their early stages.

Technical medical advances are of importance to both patients and doctors. One such advancement is remote microsampling that greatly improves the research participant's or patient’s experience. It entails self-collecting a small sample of biofluid. Once the sample is collected, it can be analyzed to help scientists understand the underlying mechanisms of different health conditions or complications. 

Innovation in healthcare is driving new strides in personalized medicine. Forward-thinking, future-creating healthcare organizations are using convenient, decentralized studies to make personalized medicine a reality.


Originally published May 22, 2019 2:22:00 AM, updated on February 15, 2021


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