Customised care and its future

Devices can also be tailored to individual patients, thanks to medical technologies. 

For example, prosthetic limbs can be custom-designed to fit the user perfectly. This improves comfort and reduces the risk of pain where the device meets the limb. Similarly, custom-made hand-driven wheelchairs can be designed to maximise the abilities of the user, providing optimal mobility and independence. 

Mobile and connected devices are offering tailored apps that learn and respond to the habits, preferences and needs of the user. Monitoring systems and data-driven technologies promise to make each patient’s experience unique. 

Personalised medicine is still at a relatively early stage in its development. However, as research provides more insight into how individuals respond to treatment, it will become increasingly commonplace. With consistent progress in the field of companion diagnostics specifically and personalised medicine more generally, the goal of the right patient receiving the right treatment at the right dose will become a reality.