Digital transformation opened up opportunities to enhance and update a wide range of industries, and healthcare is no exception.
Modern data collection and analysis tools strive to innovate and optimize workflows and automate mundane tasks. However, in recent years we have been shifting from standardization towards personalization. Creating a personalized approach to healthcare makes medical help more accessible and suitable for many parts of the population.
What’s Wrong with Standardization?
Standardization was a pivotal step of the industry development and allowed for innovation and advancement. Creating standards and benchmarks enables a structured approach to daily operations and protects both patients and physicians from poor experiences. However, nowadays, people have recognized the importance of a personalized approach. Why is it so? What is wrong with standardization?
The issue lies in the diversity that we acknowledge as a society. We now recognize the differences in disorder treatment and management among individuals. If we shift towards a personalized treatment method, we have a higher chance of discovering the best possible therapy for each patient.
What Does a Personalized Approach Entail?
Personalized medicine refers to identifying some genetic or other biomarker information to make decisions about treatment, therapy, drug choice, etc. There are three essential pillars that allow personalized medicine to exist and thrive.
Collection of Large Amounts of Data
Naturally, the more data you possess about a certain patient, the more chances you have to make the correct diagnosis. People can generate up to 1,000,000 gigabytes of health-related data using present-day technology like IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence). As we already have plenty of ways to collect information such as fitness trackers, apps, smartwatches, etc., we might as well utilize them to gain a clearer picture of a patient’s health data and enhance diagnosing precision.
Collected data needs to be organized and analyzed to bring physicians closer to the right diagnosis. This step requires medical expertise and in-depth experience that helps doctors recognize different patterns for different patients. A certain condition can manifest itself in one person differently than in another which needs to be taken into account. This knowledge comes from extensive research, medical experience, and analysis of large amounts of data from patients across the world.
Precision medicine aims at personalization that takes into account individual differences among patients induced by genes, lifestyle, and environment. The application of precision medicine techniques allows physicians to give accurate diagnoses and provide a better treatment plan. Researchers recognize how extensively genes affect our health and predispositions to certain diseases and see significant potential in this field.
The one-size-fits-all approach where the “average” person serves as a benchmark for every patient raises concerns in society due to an abundance of race and gender-associated differences among individuals. Precision medicine acknowledges the differences and strives to treat each person individually to find the correct treatment and prevention strategies.
A personalized approach facilitates value-based healthcare and enhances diagnostic precision. Nowadays, we need the tools to recognize individual symptom manifestations, early signs, and make correct early diagnoses and right treatment selection. Neuroconsan is one of the companies that drive the trend for personalized medicine, offering software that helps gather and analyze health data to accommodate early detection and evaluation of neurological disorders. Neurodiagnostic solutions are built with a patient-centric approach:
NSpeech: Our tools monitor patient’s speed and articulation to pinpoint early symptoms of neurological disorders and monitor the efficacy of applied treatment strategies.
NMotion: Neuroconsan’s software collects and analyzes gait and balance to ensure the correct diagnosis and timely therapy.
NCognitive: Applications that audit a patient’s cognitive abilities to help medical professionals obtain information for early and precise diagnosis.
Contact Neuroconsan to learn more about healthcare transformation and the benefits of personalized medicine.