By Nick O'Brien, MEDRIO eClinical
Approaches to clinical trials and doctor-patient relationships are becoming increasingly user-centric. Precision medicine usually means identifying patient groups based on predispositions to certain diseases, and tailoring treatments accordingly. But personalized treatment can go beyond this paradigm. Matters of lifestyle, such as dietary and exercise habits, can also play a role. And many of the innovations applied to healthcare in recent years, such as wearables and other mobile devices, have served to collect precisely this kind of information. How far does a given patient walk every day? How much sleep does she get every night? Devices that answer questions like these are expanding the concept of precision medicine to include more than just genetic data.