Medical professionals and patient advocates agree genomics, as part of a personalized medical plan, can garner the best results for patients. However, there remain several challenges that prevent organizations from adopting the necessary technologies. Among those challenges:

  • Governmental Approval and Compliance - Whether it's FDA approval or Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) compliance, the government has daunting safety checks that must be followed for devices used to treat and diagnose diseases, as well as certifications that must be gained when working with lab instruments, appliances, and technology used to facilitate patient health.
  • Data Management - Large chunks of data must be managed in a genomics solution. A single genome is approximately 200GB to 300GB. Additionally, a single person has approximately 3 billion nucleotide bases. That creates a very large data file that must be accessed, stored and acted upon for each patient.
  • Perception of Needs - Many people believe that a genome analysis can only be done on hundreds of nodes or an expensive supercomputer.

However, these challenges can be met. Working with an experienced vendor services team can help navigate governmental regulations. They're also able to help with the integration, storage and analysis of large amounts of data. And by starting small and growing with your organization's needs, servers and storage can be added incrementally.

By recognizing that the perceived obstacles can be overcome, healthcare organizations can begin to harness the answers offered by genomics, leading to better patient outcomes.

You can read more about the challenges and solutions, as well as access a white paper on the topic, here.