Science Translational Medicine
28 February 2018 Vol 10, Issue 430
Toward achieving precision health
By Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, T. Jessie Ge, Ophir Vermesh, Ryan Spitler
Science Translational Medicine28 Feb 2018 Restricted Access
Precision health can help to prevent disease occurrence, detect disease earlier, and advance human health through the use of integrated diagnostics.
Health care systems primarily focus on patients after they present with disease, not before. The emerging field of precision health encourages disease prevention and earlier detection by monitoring health and disease based on an individual’s risk. Active participation in health care can be encouraged with continuous health-monitoring devices, providing a higher-resolution picture of human health and disease. However, the development of monitoring technologies must prioritize the collection of actionable data and long-term user engagement.