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In the past several years, precision medicine has emerged as an exciting, innovative approach to personalized medical care and disease prevention and treatment. Large sets of health- and disease-related data increasingly allow researchers to link genotypic, phenotypic and lifestyle data to population subgroups. By analyzing these subgroups using factors like genetics, lifestyle and environment, healthcare providers can then provide targeted medical therapies customized to a specific patient’s needs – vastly improving both individual and population health outcomes.
Research and development in precision medicine are also accelerating biomedical models of health. Next-generation genomic technologies and new informatics approaches are allowing researchers to better understand the genetic bases of drug response and disease. Since 2014, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research – part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – has approved more than 25 new drugs that target specific genetic traits in patients.*
With advances like these, it’s no surprise that precision medicine is top-of-mind in the health information and technology field. Healthcare organizations are looking to expand their precision medicine offerings into different clinical areas while also improving their information and technology approaches. The next two years in the adoption and development of precision medicine programs – as well as IT solutions and infrastructure to address precision medicine – will be significant. Nearly 70% of organizations with plans to conduct precision medicine intend to do so within the next 12 to 24 months.**
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*Source: TechTarget, October 2017
**Source: HIMSS Analytics, 2017