Informatics Will Drive Personalized Medicine

What is Informatics? It is the discipline combining information science, computer science, and health care. One of the beliefs guiding the Genetics Institute is that personalized medicine can be realized only through the use of Intermountain Healthcare’s strengths in Informatics and computer-assisted clinical decision support. Intermountain has been developing and using computerized medical systems since the 1970s.

Major CGI Informatics Projects  

  1. Family Health History - Family History remains the best and least expensive genetic ‘test’ currently available for use. A significant effort will entail developing ways to obtain this information in a standardized format, store the information in the electronic health record, apply risk stratification and develop messages to clinicians that will alter patient care based on the information obtained. A major project to build a web-based, patient entered family health history program started with a grant from Microsoft HealthVault.
  2. Genetic Data in the Electronic Health Record - We have collaborated with colleagues at Boston-based Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (PCPGM) for the successful transmission of a structured and coded electronic genetic test result from Partner’s Laboratory for Molecular Medicine (a CLIA certified genetic testing lab) in Boston to a patient’s electronic health record in Salt Lake City. This communication of genetic data was the first of its kind.
  3. Data Studies - With its data warehouse, clinical data for 5.5 million Intermountain patients can be linked to 6.4 million genealogical records in the Utah Population Database. Clinical genomic research, healthcare quality and duplicate testing studies have been done for down's syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile polyps, neonatal diabetes, hemangioma, and factor V leiden.
    More to come.



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