Network science is having a huge impact in various aspects of health-related research. The advent of more comprehensive personalized data has fostered the emergence of precision medicine: an approach that considers individual genetic and physiological characteristics, lifestyle and environment in devising personalized therapies. Such an approach benefits greatly from big data and network approaches at multiple levels. First, integrating different molecular “interactomic” datasets from a single patient, from subcellular to organ-level, is a fundamental step towards understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of personalized health states. Moreover, there has been a continued improvement in the availability of health-related data, such as electronic health records detailing patient histories and providing accurate diseases statistics.
Network Medicine ’18
Personalized Medicine in the Era of Big Data