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The futility of genomic counseling: essential role of electronic health records

Authors
  • Belmont, John1
  • McGuire, Amy L2
  • 1 Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Houston, Texas, 77030, USA , Houston
  • 2 Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston, Texas, 77030, USA , Houston
Type
Published Article
Journal
Genome Medicine
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
May 08, 2009
Volume
1
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/gm48
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Technological advances over the past several years have dramatically reduced the cost of whole-genome sequencing. At the same time, understanding of the functional significance of genetic variation has advanced considerably. The routine generation of whole-genome sequence data for individual patients will soon be sufficiently cost-effective for widespread clinical integration. Yet, the clinical utility of whole-genome data is currently limited by an inability to effectively process, store, interpret and update genomic data, while at the same time protecting patient privacy. Enter the electronic health record. We propose that without the integration of a dynamic uniform electronic health record, counseling patients on the basis of genome-wide data will be futile.

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