realizing the promise of personalized medicine
The 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 microsampling that greatly improves the patient’s experience. It entails collecting a small amount of your blood from a finger-prick. Once the sample is extracted, it can facilitate diagnosis of different health complications. As a result, patients do not have to lose a lot of blood in the process and are more cooperative with this process.
Strong minds in healthcare are making strides in personalized medicine. We look forward to partnering with more forward-thinking, future-creating healthcare organizations and seeing more visions become reality in the near future.