Integrating Genomics and Personalized Medicine into Healthcare Settings

by on January 14, 2015 in Genomics
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Once only an aspirational term, genomic medicine is now a reality. About half of our customers are operating in a clinical environment, using genomic information in everyday healthcare situations. This is also evident in a recent study. PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that in the US alone, genomic or personalized medicine generates $232 billion dollars a year and is expected to grow at a rate of at least 11% annually.

These are encouraging statistics, given the potential of genomic science to positively impact the diagnosis and care of many patients. However, what you don’t see reflected in this statistic is the amount of work underway in our healthcare systems to integrate genomics into a patient care setting.

The industry as a whole must be willing to collaborate on complex issues. For instance, providers and payers must work closely together to revise reimbursement schemes. Providers must educate their staff regarding the complex issues associated with genomic science as well as develop new care models that reflect an emphasis on prevention, wellness, and more personalized treatments. These examples merely scratch the surface.

Providers have added challenges. Increased demand for laboratory and sample management means they must often invest in laboratory information management software, such as a LIMS. These LIMS must be able to integrate and communicate with electronic medical records and billing systems. They must also ensure patient data security and audit trail information given a regulated environment.   Some have the added challenge of collaborating with other laboratories affiliated with the provider.

Our customers are deftly navigating these challenges. One prime example is Sanford Health. Sanford Health is a large, rural, not-for profit healthcare provider in the Midwest. Consisting of 39 hospitals, 32 long-term care facilities, and 225 clinic sites, Sanford Health serves approximately 2.3 million people. What’s more is it has successfully integrated a genetics lab in its system of hospitals, clinics, and long-term facilities to use genomic information to better diagnose, treat, and care for their patient population. No small feat.

Watch this 20-minute video in which Dr. Megan Landsverk, Director, Molecular Genetics Division at Sanford Health, discusses the challenges associated with integrating this lab, their success, and how they are using BaseSpace Clarity LIMS to help.

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