Extracting Data Insights: How Custom Software Drives Precision Medicine:
Authored By: Carlo Murphy
As a senior developer with over 15 years of experience building custom software solutions for healthcare organizations, I have seen firsthand how tailored data systems are enabling precision medicine. Precision medicine, an approach that incorporates individual variability in environments, lifestyles and biology, is transforming healthcare. It is allowing doctors to more accurately predict which treatment and prevention strategies work for which patients based on their unique characteristics.
Custom software development is essential for the success of precision medicine initiatives. Off-the-shelf electronic health record systems and generic data management platforms do not provide the functionality needed to integrate multiple data sources, apply advanced analytics and turn insights into treatment recommendations customized for each patient. Software engineering teams that understand the technical complexities of healthcare data and medicine are needed to build the sophisticated systems precision medicine demands.
At Superior Digital, my team has partnered with healthcare systems to develop secure data hubs that pull from EHRs, genetic testing, wearable devices and other sources to build a comprehensive view of each patient. We apply machine learning algorithms to analyze hundreds of data points per patient and identify patterns that indicate certain health risks or likelihood of response to specific therapies. The systems provide decision support to physicians, suggesting personalized prevention and treatment plans tailored to patients’ biological profiles and health histories.
Developing these types of robust, customized data solutions for healthcare organizations requires software engineering teams with domain expertise in medicine, bioinformatics, analytics and more. Engineers need to understand how to extract and normalize raw health data from complex sources and build models that can identify relevant patterns and insights. Building software for medical groups and healthcare systems further requires knowledge of security protocols like HIPAA to properly handle sensitive patient information.
Precision medicine is the future of healthcare, but achieving its promise of highly customized treatment will require advanced data systems and analytics capabilities that off-the-shelf software cannot provide. For healthcare organizations pursuing precision medicine initiatives, partnering with software development firms that boast expertise in healthcare data and analytics is key to success. With the right custom platforms and engineering talent, healthcare systems can turn large volumes of complex medical data into actionable insights that improve patient outcomes.