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Critical Challenges for Adopting Personalized Medicine System in Healthcare Management: Perspectives of Clinicians and Patients

Critical Challenges for Adopting Personalized Medicine System in Healthcare Management: Perspectives of Clinicians and Patients
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Author(s): Subhas Chandra Misra (Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India) and Sandip Bisui (Department of Mathematics and Statistics Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India)
Copyright: 2014
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Pages: 20
Source title: International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications (IJEHMC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues (Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Teresina - Pi, Brazil; Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/ijehmc.2014040104

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Abstract

Personalized Medicine is an emerging approach in today's healthcare management. It bears a very strong potential to consolidate modern e-health systems fundamentally. Scientists have already discovered some of the personalized drugs that can shift the whole medicare process into a new dimension. However, bringing the change in healthcare management is an easy task. There are several critical challenges in the implementation of Personalized Medicine systems. This paper aims at identifying some of these critical challenges through a survey with medical doctors and patients. Challenges involved in implementing Personalized Medicine are listed. A questionnaire was distributed amongst a set of medical doctors, medical researchers, practitioners in pharmaceutical industries, regulatory board members, and a larger section of patients. The response data collected thereby were analysed statistically by using t-test. Summary of the descriptive statistical results of the responses received from medical doctors and patients are presented in tabular form. Based upon the statistical analysis, an attempt has been made in the paper to make a ranking of the challenges. A comparison of the perspectives of the doctors and patients has been made by using bar diagrams. The observations have been discussed in detail and some specific conclusions have been made. To the best of the author's knowledge and belief, this is the first academic paper in which an attempt has been made to suggest the crucial challenges for the implementation of Personalized Medicine. The study shows that both the medical doctors and patients perceive that genomic analysis of all the individuals is the most critical challenge.

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