Precision medicine provides customized healthcare services to specific groups of people based on their demographics, genetic background, environmental factors, and so on. The field of precision medicine is increasingly becoming popular due to the level of precision and accuracy it provides.

With the help of big data, statistical model software, advanced analytics, and machine learning tools medical practitioners are able to gather large amounts of data on patients and categorize them according to different racial and genetic groups. This makes both diagnostics treatments more accurate and effective.

Conventional for-all medicine is gradually getting replaced by customized or personalized medicine since a certain group of people like the African Americans in the USA feels that the healthcare system does not support them or is designed to provide them effective healthcare.

The following article will discuss five ways by which precision medicine is benefiting patient care.

1. Accurate Diagnostics

It is often noticed in the USA that diagnostics tools are not accurately modeled to provide accurate readings for all groups of people. For instance, In the USA and the UK African people were amongst the worst affected since certain medicines and diagnostics tools did not work for them. Wrong or inaccurate diagnostics would obviously mislead treatment plans.

Precision medicine helps to get rid of these anomalies by allowing doctors to access specific accurate information regarding patients’ demographic, genetic, and other related parameters. Healthcare services were mostly based on general prediction and treatment was modeled after the educated guesses of the practitioners. This is getting quickly replaced by precision medicine. For instance, chronic diseases like cancers can be better treated if they can trace any genetic base of the disease.

2. Reduces the Frequency of Readmission

Since high technological tools and procedures like genetic and DNA sequencing aid accurate and effective treatments, patients would require fewer visits and the chances of readmission will go down by degrees.
On the other hand, patients would get ready treatment without having to waste valuable time trying out different treatments and retesting to confirm diagnosis. This would save time for both doctors and patients facilitating a ready and smooth recovery. This would also eliminate extra unnecessary cost issues.

3. Value-Based Personalized Treatment

Precision medicine focuses on patient-centric healthcare services. In other words, it is more concerned with quality treatment over quantity treatment. This allows the patient to get better access to put forth all their concerns with time and to get accurate feedback and quality treatment.

However, personalized treatment does not mean one-to-one treatment, which is practically costly. Instead placing patients into specific groups allows doctors to narrow down and identify the similarities of condition which in turn helps to identify the root cause of the problem.

4. Prevent Future Outbreaks

Infectious diseases do not have a genetic basis as such but tracing human genomics can inform physicians about the connections between certain variants of viruses with certain genetic groups. Or whether the reactions are the same for all genetic groups or whether the same treatment would be appropriate for all or not. For instance, the Covid-19 pandemic treatment in the USA did not work well for African-American people. Customized treatment could have effectively checked the spread of the disease.

5. Low Cost

Precision medicine can be considered as a one-time costly investment since it reduces the requirement of readmission and recurring visits. This way patients are able to save a lot.

End Notes

Precision medicine is a booming field making healthcare services more precise and efficient. It is beneficial for both patients and healthcare providers. It caters to the individual needs of the patients by providing customized treatments.