Medicine has always been personalized – what has changed are the tools available that allow us to provide better care for you. The Institute for Personalized Medicine is Penn State Hershey’s commitment to advancing health care for our community through the use of modern technology and more effective tools.
In the past, doctors based treatments on research that studied broad groups of people, finding what is most likely to help a majority of patients. While this approach has been successful, it’s not always efficient since each of us is different. Our genetics and our biology are unique to us, so treatments that work best for one person may not work best for another.
Personalized medicine is the use of individual characteristics to tailor treatments to the person. For example, one person may respond to a medicine differently than another because of their genetics. By knowing what that genetic difference is, doctors can look for the same in future patients and prescribe medication accordingly – helping to recover faster.
Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine gives scientists the tools to develop research studies seeking this information, and future therapies for patients.