Genomics can bring significant benefits to healthcare systems, by accelerating clinical research and drug development, personalizing treatment regimens, improving patient outcomes, and reducing the cost of care.
Genomic data, the most personal of all human data, is part of the overall explosion in health data, enabled by the exponential growth in computing power and the commercialization of wearable technologies.
In addition to the many benefits, the ability to gather and share personal, sensitive information, has a paradoxical dark side. This can be found in the form of challenging privacy requirements and Cyber Security risks, which often delay research, lowering the financial return on investment and damaging the brand reputation.
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