Enabling stratified medicine to offer personalised healthcare to patients

The Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) brings together experts from academia, industry and the NHS in Scotland to implement a biomedical informatics service to aid clinical and translational research and enable stratified medicine.

Current methods of managing chronic diseases often involves a degree of “trial and error” treatment, where medications are prescribed and response assessed over an often long elapsed period before changing to other options if there is limited improvement. As the world’s healthcare systems come under increasing pressure, there is an urgent clinical and economic need to manage chronic disease more effectively, getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time through the use of stratified medicine.

Proper use of health analytics and informatics can support better understanding of disease by examining the genetic makeup of patients and their differing responses to drugs designed to treat specific diseases. By building up an understanding of the ‘strata’ of responses and the genetics of the diseases, researchers hope to create more personalised and effective forms of treatment for groups of patients most likely to benefit.

The Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) aspires to be a world-class centre of research, innovation and commercialisation in the field of stratified medicine. Aridhia’s AnalytiXagility platform underpins the SMS-IC to enable the de-identification and analysis of the clinical, patient and genomic data necessary to inform the clinical research that the centre will permit.

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