6 statistics on the state of precision medicine around the world

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Healthcare professionals, scientists and researchers around the world are bullish about the effects precision medicine can have on patient outcomes. More than two-thirds of respondents to a survey conducted by SAP and Oxford Economics said the benefits of precision medicine are already showing, and nearly three-fourths of respondents expect precision medicine to have a positive impact on patient outcomes in two years.

Here are five more findings and statistics from the survey.

1. Forty-nine percent of respondents said precision medicine has a positive impact on patient volume today, and 53 percent said they expect to see this in two years.

2. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said it has a positive impact on drug and treatment discovery today, and 46 percent expect to see this in two years.

3. Healthcare organizations are starting preparations for high-level privacy and security changes to accommodate precision medicine programs: 64 percent have changed their privacy policies, 60 percent have increased the security of patient data and 47 percent are changing organizational culture to reflect these privacy and security changes.

4. Respondents identified the following technologies as being necessary to precision medicine: big data capture and storage, collaboration tools, predictive analytics and decision support tools.

5. Healthcare organizations are mainly prioritizing their precision medicine work around diabetes (45 percent). Other illnesses and conditions include common cancers (38 percent), neurological diseases (33 percent), cardiovascular conditions (28 percent), aging (24 percent), autoimmune diseases (20 percent), rare or orphan cancers (12 percent) and other orphan diseases (8 percent).

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