Personalized medicine is one of the most promising areas within science and medicine. It is widely expected to catalyze the health system by enabling a new approach to health that examines each individual’s make up and designs tailored strategies for maintaining health and treating illness. The shift to a personalized medicine model will result in enormous benefits, including earlier disease detection, more effective treatment, a reduction in health care costs, and an overall evolution in health care from disease treatment to wellness and prevention.
Personalized medicine starts by sifting through a patient’s individual molecular blueprint. With that, scientists have the ability to understand that patient’s unique predispositions early in life. A physician can help that patient avoid specific environmental exposures to prevent the onset of disease and screen the patient regularly for disease if they were in the highest hardwired risk class. If diagnosed, the patient receives the right treatment at the right time based on their unique makeup in order to achieve optimal medical outcomes. This is why the work being done at Children’s Hospital Boston is so crucial to the future of health care broadly.
The application of personalized medicine, based on the aggressive translation of new discoveries, has the potential to reduce the burden of chronic diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
TGP is the only infrastructure that exists today, at sufficient scale, to identify the heritable sub-classes of complex disease as the foundation for exposure mitigation, screening stratification, sub-class specific drug therapy (PGx), and large-scale Phase IV monitoring of drug safety and efficacy. In short, TGP is a learning health care system that is built at the scale required to solve the problems we face in health care today.
Learn more about personalized medicine
Personalized Medicine Coalition
The Age of Personalized Medicine
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Personalized Health Care Initiative