In the fight against cancer, precision medicine is one of the most promising tools and the logical outcome of current healthcare trends. As start-ups offering personalized healthcare solutions multiply like mushrooms after rain, governments and regulatory agencies have to give appropriate responses in regulating the grass-root healthcare jungle. Here is my analysis about the potential and dilemmas about precision medicine.
Genome sequencing does definitely not equal with fortune telling: it cannot predict how long you will live or what your body mass index will look like. However, it can tell you a lot about your sensitivity to drugs, your family history or whether you are a carrier of monogenic conditions.
I was offered a genetic test by MyDNA that promises to let you know how your body metabolizes medications based on your genetic background. It might be crucial in the future when deciding about certain drugs for certain diseases. Here, I show you the results of my review.
Some say technology will replace 80% of doctors in the future. I disagree. Instead, technology will finally allow doctors to focus on what makes them good physicians: treating patients and innovating, while automation does the repetitive part of the work. Here are the 6 medical fields which will benefit the most.
“We don’t want to miss the train of digital health” is a phrase I often hear from pharmaceutical companies. However, there are no trains to catch anymore. Disruptive healthcare trends are the futuristic spaceships many pharma companies don’t even see flying above them. If pharma doesn’t prepare for the coming waves of change, it won’t have an industry at all.
In the basement office of Jeff Hammerbacher at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, a supercomputer called Minerva named after the Roman goddess of wisdom and medicine was installed in 2013. In just a few months Minerva generated 300 million new calculations to support healthcare decisions.