Building the Foundation of Precision Medicine

Your head is pounding. The lights are blinding and the nausea waves are rolling over you. For the seventh time this year, your migraine is back. You’ve tried all the home remedies, spoken with doctors and tried medications, but for some reason, you just can’t shake the pain. What you don’t realize? There is a very simple explanation and solution. Every migraine appears when you drink coffee and eat chocolate during a rainy week. How do you know this? Precision medicine.

How precision medicine will transform healthcare

Dubbed “the future of healthcare,” precision medicine identifies patterns from genomics, behavioral, and environmental data. The movement aims to prevent and treat disease by analyzing this data from millions of people over time, and is gaining widespread momentum thanks to the All of Us precision medicine initiative launched by former President Obama.

Over the next five years, National Institutes of Health hopes to enroll one million volunteers in the program to share health data from sources like wearables, connected medical devices, and electronic health records. Participants not only contribute to the future of medical research, but receive personalized data to empower them in their own health journey.

The technology backbone powering precision medicine

Managing this unprecedented data volume requires a new level of sophistication in technology. One that scales, adapts, and secures data like never before. Enter Vibrent Health. As the technology platform behind the precision medicine project, Vibrent will manage a whopping 500 megabytes of data per person per day. That’s equal to about 500 small novels’ worth of data…per person.

The company was selected from dozens of applicants around the country after a thorough peer review process. Built as a technology-enabled health platform based on evidence-based medicine, Vibrent has always sought to help people achieve their health goals. The company delivers a range of tools to help providers care for their entire population, from patient education to communication.

Personalization is key to success

While precision medicine holds tremendous promise, it also presents challenges. How will organizations share, secure, and analyze data? Perhaps most importantly, how will they engage participants over time? The success of precision medicine depends on the breadth and depth of data we receive over five, 10, even 20 years. While we have plenty of research about how to motivate people, we’ve never put those into action at such a large scale. To engage, we must surprise and delight, teaching participants something new about their health or helping them along their journey.

We’re at the forefront of something big. Something that can improve millions of lives. To be successful, organizations must work closely and learn from each other. Precision medicine cannot exist in a vacuum and must be built off collective experiences. As for Vibrent Health? We’re working hard to achieve this vision and become the destination for empowered health. By helping others become more data-driven and connecting the right people, we’re part of an ecosystem that is building the foundation for precision medicine. Because if we identify the genomic, behavioral, and environmental triggers, we can stop the migraines. We can cure cancers. And we can all live healthier lives.