We would like to hope that all medicine combines an accurate diagnosis with an effective treatment, so we need to explain what precisely is meant by the term precision medicine.
Advances in genomics and biotechnology and big data mean that it is now possible to examine the genes of an individual and compare that individual with what we know about the population, diseased and healthy, at large.
This makes it possible to predict illnesses that an individual may be destined to get because of a fault in their genes, and to step in and prevent those illnesses by providing a treatment tailored to the needs of the individual.
Instead of managing a crisis in patients who call on the doctor to deal with a current illness, we manage the health of the whole population by intervening when necessary in the genomic structures of individuals. The health of the future.