NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebecca Sutphen, MD, FACMG, president and chief medical officer at InformedDNA, will discuss the importance of delivering telephone-based genetic counseling services, as part of our nation's health care delivery model, at the 2014 American College of Medical Genetics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting on Wednesday, March 26, in Nashville, Tenn.
InformedDNA is the largest independent U.S. provider of genetic counseling and benefits management services, and telephone counseling helps ensure individuals and their clinicians have reliable and affordable access to genetics and genomics services.
Speaking on the panel "Care Models for the Delivery of Clinical Genetics and Genomics Services," Sutphen will provide a brief history and perspective on the use of telephone genetic counseling, notably on patient understanding and support, and review how current research, including randomized trials, supports the expanded use of telephone genetic counseling.
"An increasing number of studies demonstrate that genetic counseling by telephone is as effective as in-person counseling," Sutphen said. "Beyond increasing access, telephone genetic counseling is more convenient for patients – no time off from work, no travel and appointments day, evening or weekend – and still covered by most health insurance companies."
Sutphen will outline the counseling services InformedDNA offers, including telephone and internet genetic counseling; an overview of health plan, provider and patient perspectives on genetic counseling; and the importance of ensuring patients who are considering genetic testing first have the opportunity to speak with a genetics specialist to ensure the right test and the right interpretation for their personal and family history.
"Genetic counseling plays a critical role in understanding a patient's risk of developing serious conditions," Sutphen said. "As demand for genetic testing continues to grow, it is of critical importance that consumers and patients have access to board-certified genetic counselors who can help them develop a personalized care plan in coordination with their doctors."
InformedDNA brings the promise of personalized health care to life by helping individuals and health care providers better understand family health history and genetics. InformedDNA is the authority on the appropriate use of genetic testing – leveraging the expertise of the largest network of independent genetic specialists to help ensure health plans, hospitals, employers, community clinicians and patients all have access to the highest quality genetic services. InformedDNA's key offerings include clinical genetic counseling, genetic testing utilization management, and personalized hereditary risk assessment and prevention solutions. www.informeddna.com
SOURCE Informed Medical Decisions, Inc. (InformedDNA)