Innovations in Service Delivery in the Age of Genomics. Workshop Summary from the Institute of Medicine (US) published 14 May 2009

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Innovations in Service Delivery in the Age of Genomics. Workshop Summary from the Institute of Medicine (US)

Released On:       May 14, 2009

“New discoveries in genomics—that is, the study of the entire human genome—are changing how we diagnose and treat diseases. Whereas previously, genetic testing could only screen for rare genetic disorders, increasingly, patients and their physicians are able to use genetic information to predict the risk of common diseases such as diabetes and breast cancer and to help determine prevention and treatment options. Genetic specialists have long been the main providers of genetic services, offering intensive counseling for rare genetic disorders. However, as the trend shifts from genetic testing largely being undertaken for rare genetic disorders to, increasingly, individuals being screened for common diseases, general practitioners, pediatricians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and other providers need to be knowledgeable about and comfortable using genetic information to improve their patients’ health.

The Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health held the public workshop “Innovations in Service Delivery in the Age of Genomics” on July 27, 2008. The workshop set out to examine the current system of genetic service delivery, learn about some pioneering current practice models, and propose new models for integrating genetic and genomic innovations into education, training, and clinical practice. Participants discussed the strengths and challenges of the current system and considered a vision for the future of genetic and genomic services, which may not be so distant after all.”

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