Pilot Programs Seek to Integrate Genomic Data Into Practice

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD

Full Article: http://bit.ly/2udRtAR

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. . . To make the most of genomic information in practice, clinicians need convenient access to relevant genomic information about their patients.

Patients increasingly have part or all of their genomes sequenced either through direct-to-consumer services or during the course of clinical care, generating vast amounts of data. Among the 3 billion base pairs that make up the human genome, there are 59 clinically actionable genetic variants Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, director of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine, explained. . .

But presenting genomic data to physicians is not enough.

"A lot of physicians don't have the background to understand what to do with genomic information, so clinical decision support capabilities need to be established,"said Ginsburg, who leads IGNITE Network's coordinating center. These tools need to alert physicians when a patient has a genetic variant that affects their health, what the consequences of the variant are, and what can be done about it. . .