In the near future, more patients will be treated with precision, with interventions that are specific to their unique individual needs and are:
- Predictive: as we understand more about our biology and disease, we are detecting biomarkers that can identify individuals predisposed for certain illnesses. In time, we will become much more accurate in predicting who will develop disease, and the probable outcome of treatment
- Preventive: if we can be predictive, then prevention becomes much more possible, if not routine. This will create a very different model of healthcare that focuses on earlier intervention, and is based on new therapeutic approaches to avoiding ill health. Diagnostic detection of people at risk of disease, whether in the near term or decades in the future, will have a significant and positive impact on how medicine is practiced
- Personalized: with our improving insights into biology and disease, we will see specific therapeutics and disease management to improve the patient’s outcome. These tailored treatments hold the promise of reduced side effects. The long-term, real-time diagnostic monitoring of outcomes will further contribute to the realization of fully personalized healthcare
- Participatory: technology has increased our ability to communicate and share via social networks and online communities. This trend will increase, and new tools and platforms will be created that allow individuals to access information on their disease, share it with others in a similar situation, and gain insights into lifestyle and behavioral factors that empower them to take greater control of their health and manage their illness
Healthcare is expensive, with a proportion of chronically ill patients using much of the resources, and payment for today’s model is not sustainable. More efficient, personalized, precision medicine is required to ensure value for money in outcomes, as well as more effective management of healthcare resources.
Janssen is committed to focusing the best science on the discovery and development of data-driven treatments as unique as each individual. These future treatments will be based on a deep understanding of diseases, and enabled by diagnostic advances that provide actionable information for healthcare professionals, payers and the patients they serve, within the model of precision medicine.
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