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HIT: What do we need to bring genomics into daily practice?

In order to make use of the so-called “omic” data (genomic, epigenomic, proteomic, and metabolomic) practical in daily clinical practice, physicians need an appropriate information system.  The authors argue that the nature and storage size requirements of the new clinical data will require a next generation of electronic health record (EHR) systems.  While that is being developed, they argue that specialized “omic ancillary systems” would be a promising interim measure.  These information systems would be similar to picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in the imaging department; and, like PACS, would interface with the EHR.

Fun fact!  At one academic medical center, the file size averages 375 kB/patient for the EHR. 

Source: Starren, J., Williams, M.S., and Bottinger, E.P.  Crossing the omic chasm: a time for omic ancillary systems.  JAMA, Mar. 14, 2013 (online first).  Click here for full text: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/JAMA/0/jama.2013.1579.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422.2050, rc@aha.org


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