Amazon is no small player in the world of commerce. Not many people know, that it’s also branching out and looking into research and medicine. As it grows, the AHA begins a new precision medicine platform with Amazon, making data accessible to other researchers.
Precision medicine is making headway in the world of prescription medicine. This type of medicine is made specifically for a patient based on their individual needs and diagnosis.
Most medicine is made for a specific problem, but not all people react the same way or need certain attributes of the medicine. Additionally, people’s DNA can be used to allow the doctor to know exactly what that person needs.
Precision medicine could save thousands of more lives each year. However, it is difficult because accessing data from other resources can be tricky.
For that reason, Amazon Web Services is proudly teaming up with the American Heart Association to bring data collections and research to a cloud-based platform. This allows doctors that are a part of the program to be able to access the information from anywhere and from any other doctor.
As the AHA begins a new precision medicine platform with Amazon, they will be focusing on cardiovascular precision medicine. “The precision medicine platform is like everybody is invited to the same party–all the data tools and researchers under one roof,” stated Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, director of the Standford Cardiovascular Institute.
Because heart disease is the cause of about 25% of deaths each year, this new partnership is groundbreaking. The information that will be shared and the discoveries made can produce results that will save lives.
For example, someone may have a gene they’ve inherited that makes their cholesterol higher than the average person’s, regardless what they do. Learning how to effectively treat that type of person can help them live longer and with lower cholesterol.
It will be exciting to see the further advancements that come forward in cardiovascular precision medicine from this convergence. The American Heart Association is getting that much closer to helping each individual find a solution to their heart health problems.
Watch the full announcement here: