Last Updated : September 23, 2023
Digital tools such as patient portals and other applications give clinicians, patients, and families direct access to individualized health information. In the context of precision medicine, these technologies can help people connect with their genetic test results, understand the implications of findings, and provide them with opportunities for meaningful engagement with health care professionals to discuss results that could help improve their health outcomes.
With an emergence of tests such as whole genome sequencing or larger gene panels that collect information about hundreds of genes or other biomarkers, the size and complexity of information can be overwhelming. Tools that can help make sense of that complexity and provide patients, family members, and health care professionals with a platform to contextualize genetic information could help improve the patient experience, support shared decision-making, and support patient-centred care.
Examples of emerging digital tools to watch include: