What is Personalized Health?
Personalized Health is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person and uses the new advances in life sciences and information technology, by making use of large amounts of data collected from various sources (medical or research institutions, biobanks, individuals) whilst adhering to high ethical and security standards, to optimize the medical care of each individual patient.
These advanced technologies will also support the medical professionals in their decision path to predict disease susceptibility, disease prognosis, or treatment response of an individual person and thereby improve that person’s health.
While the diagnosis and treatment of diseases can be subcategorized under Personalized Medicine, Personalized Health goes further: In a next step, it aims to use the analyzed data (e.g. in research projects) for the benefit of the population at large by identifying and tackling health risks at early stages and applying appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures.