The Pathway Genomics OME app uses precision medicine and genetics to give users a personalised diet, exercise and metabolism report
Studies show that users who follow a genetically informed diet can lose significantly more weight that those who follow a “one size fits all” type of plan according to IBM.
This test complies information from the users’ unique genetic traits as well as data from their GPs and wearable health monitors, their health habits and information from Apple HealthKit to create diet and exercise recommendations.
For example, a user might have genetic variants responsible for metabolising fats or for feeling full. The OME app would then consider this information when providing genetically optimal diet plans or even restaurant and menu recommendations.
Michael Nova, chief innovation officer, Pathway Genomics, said: “They [users] are overwhelmed with understanding and interpreting the massive amounts of information that specifically impacts their health and well-being.
“We are able to deliver real-time, highly personalised insights to empower people to change unhealthy behaviours, allowing them to live healthier lives in ways we never thought possible.
“Users will have an easy to use side-kick that can do the work of sorting through and make sense of the data that will help them to lead healthier lives.”
To collect relevant genetic data, after approval by a licensed MD, Pathway Genomics will post the user a saliva DNA collection kit.
Then, Pathway will work with additional clinicians and scientists to conduct the Pathway Fit genetic test. The Pathway Fit test specifically looks at 75 genes that focus on phenotypes like diet, exercise, lipids and sugar metabolism.
Pathway’s OME app then delivers personalised wellness insights to the user based on the findings from the genetic test and other user data.
Kyu Rhee, chief health officer, IBM Watson Health, said: “We know that genetics play an important role in each person’s individual health, yet there has been limited access to services and solutions that apply genetics to behaviours that enable day-to-day wellness.
“Pathway Genomics is the first to innovate both the specific genetic test and a Watson-powered mobile app to help individuals get insights from the data.”
Pathway Genomics and IBM unveiled the OME app at the Digital Health Summit at CES 2016 in Las Vegas last week.