Personalized medicine is a rapidly advancing field of healthcare that uses an individual's unique clinical, genetic, genomic, and environmental information to guide decisions made in regard to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Given these factors are different for every person, the nature of diseases—including their onset, their course, and how they might respond to medications or other interventions—is as individual as the people who have them.
Specific advantages that Personalized Medicine may offer include:
- More informed medical decision making ability
- Higher probability of desired outcomes thanks to better-targeted therapies
- Reduced probability of negative side effects
- Focus on prevention and prediction of disease rather than reaction to it
- Earlier disease intervention than has been possible in the past
- Reduced healthcare costs