Precision Medicine and Genomics–an Opportunity to Improve Public Health?
November 1, 2016
(Medical Xpress) – Today, healthcare is portrayed as standing at a crossroads. Precision medicine (also referred to as genomic, personal or individualized medicine) is expected to revolutionize future healthcare. Fundamentally, the promise of precision medicine is that an individual’s genetic information will increasingly be used to prioritize access to health care. This model contrasts with the “one-size-fits-all” approach of today, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals. Advances in genomic and clinical science have created innovative opportunities to further tailor health care to each patient, allowing providers to create optimized care plans at every stage of a disease, shifting the focus from reactive to preventive health care.