SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Genome Medical, a nationwide genomics medical practice, today announced a program offering expert care and support to family members of individuals found to carry a disease-causing genetic variant.
When genetic testing reveals that an individual is at increased risk for a genetic condition, it raises questions for that person's family members: What are the chances that they are also at increased risk? Should they be tested? If they test positive, how can they lower their risk? Genome Medical's Family Variant Insight Program (VIP) was designed to help these family members get the answers they need.
This cascade family testing program offers many unique advantages, including access to a national team of highly qualified genetic experts who can provide care for multiple family members across state lines. Family VIP removes barriers to genetic health services by streamlining access to genetic consultations and testing.
The Family VIP package includes:
Initial genetic consultation and evaluation, via video or phone, with a genetic expert from our nationwide team
Test requisition, DNA sample collection, and submission for insurance coverage of testing (if needed)
Review of test results and next steps
A personalized clinical action plan to be shared with the individual's physician.
"Helping family members understand the health implications of the DNA they share is an essential part of our mission," said Genome Medical co-founder and CEO Lisa Alderson. "This has historically been challenging since relatives are often distributed across the United States and healthcare providers can only serve patients in the states where they are licensed. Our nationwide genetics care team makes it easy for family members to receive expert genetic guidance and genetic testing to make informed decisions."
Genome Medical's genetic experts—physicians and genetic counselors—deliver consultation services via telemedicine to individuals and medical professionals. These experts are quickly accessible via online scheduling and available across the country.
More details about Family VIP are available at genomemedical.com/familyvip.
About Genome Medical Genome Medical is a nationwide genomics medical practice bringing genetics to everyday life. Our clinical team provides expert genetic health care for individuals and their families to improve health and well-being. We also help clinicians and their patients navigate the rapidly expanding field of genetic testing and use test results to understand the risk for disease, accelerate disease diagnosis, make informed treatment decisions and lower the cost of care. Genome Medical is headquartered in San Francisco. To learn more, please visit www.genomemedical.com or find us on Twitter @GenomeMed.