Precision medicine aims to provide the right treatment at the right time for every patient. This means improved diagnostic accuracy, more tailored treatments, eliminating undesirable variations, and better therapy outcomes. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the vital nature of each of these efforts. In a recently published thought leadership paper, Siemens Healthineers identified five areas in which precision medicine plays a critical role: 1) testing, 2) surveillance and tracking 3) public health infrastructure, 4) global coordination, and 5) the identification, protection, and treatment of vulnerable populations. Developing data-driven responses to the pandemic that are precise and coordinated are of paramount importance. Such efforts will complement current control measures–such as vaccine development—and will help prevent or minimize spread of the next pandemic. Read more here.
(Source: Harvard Business Review, September 22, 2020)