“Precision medicine” is focused on putting the patient at the center of how the life science community thinks about and executes the research, development, and commercialization of medical products.
Precision medicine is a multi-faceted approach to medicine that integrates molecular and clinical research with patient data and outcomes and places the patient at the center of all elements. Genomic, epigenomic, and environmental data are studied together with patient information behavior to understand individual disease patterns and to design preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic solutions.
Precision medicine encompasses more than the simple use of information to create medicine and diagnostics that are unique to a single patient. It means identifying patients who are more susceptible to certain diseases, who will respond to treatments differently, whose diseases or conditions may progress on a different course than others in the general population, and then engaging those patients to improve outcomes. Precision medicine allows researchers and health care professionals to direct the most appropriate medicine or medical technology to specific patients based on the unique characteristics of that patient and engage the patient to maximize outcomes.