Companion Diagnostics Key to Individualized Healthcare, Reports Jabil

Christa Schnider

Christa Schnider, Business Development Director, Jabil Healthcare

Katherine McHenry

Katherine McHenry, Senior Program Manager — Genomics

Advanced in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) are accelerating our understanding of disease. In lockstep with the dramatic capabilities arising from the genomics field and modern molecular technologies, diagnostics procedures are transforming the practice of healthcare, providing faster and more accurate results and helping to usher in the promise of precision and personalized medicine. Companion diagnostics (CDx) play a vital role in this evolution.

At its most basic premise, precision medicine leverages genetic and genomic data to improve health outcomes with specific, personally tailored treatment plans and therapies. A companion diagnostic is essentially a test that helps unlock insights for better understanding of the specific genes, biomarkers and other biomedical factors impacting an individual’s potential to acquire disease or be effectively treated for it.

The ability to determine whether a patient may or may not respond to a given treatment helps to better ensure the safety and effectiveness of targeted therapies while also enabling the selection of the best treatment and medicine for that patient without wasting precious time with trial and error. In this way, CDx are invaluable for aligning healthcare more effectively with value-based care (VBC) efficacy models.

To the extent that diagnostics provide a lens into not just what’s wrong, but also what’s working, they provide a trifecta of benefits throughout the system — medical, social and economic. It’s been estimated that in vitro diagnostic testing influences potentially 70% of all medical decisions, so given this assumption, the more information and insight providers are given, the better chance they have for fulfilling improved patient outcomes.

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