Long Term Care
Nursing Home owners and their staff realize how important it is to provide the best possible personalized healthcare for their residents. A person’s DNA determines how they respond to different medications. The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 percent – only work in 30 to 50 percent of people. This is mainly because of genes that interfere in some way with the medicine. Testing your residents’ DNA for this genetic information gives their physicians the tools needed to predict whether a specific drug will work. All it takes is a painless cheek swab sample test. Our lab will analyze the DNA and send a comprehensive report to your facility medical director or the resident’s personal doctor who can then prescribe the absolute best medicines, fine tune the dosage for individual metabolic pathways, and prevent harmful drug interactions. This cutting-edge process is called pharmacogenomics, an important aspect of Personalized Medicine.
Personalized Medicine – A Gamechanger
Personalized medicine is essentially an extension of traditional approaches to healthcare, but offers much greater precision. Providers may now use a person’s unique genetic profile to guide the selection of medications and related treatments, and in many cases avoid adverse drug reactions. This added precision offers a more preventive and cost-effective approach to resident care. Most health insurance policies cover DNA tests when ordered by a doctor, yet only 1 out of 10 physicians feel adequately informed about these types of genomic tests.
Our Smart*Decision DNA Solution solves this with a free InfoGenetic Test Kit that you use for each of your resident’s. After a brief review of the information in the kit, your staff can quickly and painlessly swabs the inside of the resident’s cheek to collect a DNA sample which is sent to our laboratory. Qualified technicians then analyze the DNA and deliver the personal genomic results directly to the resident’s doctor or facility medical director in a physician-friendly format to be used when making medication decisions to improve resident health.
Does Insurance Cover This Type of Genetic Testing?
Most insurance plans and Medicare will typically pay for DNA testing if a resident is on multiple medications, or has had a documented drug reaction, or if a drug fails to work. The information in our free InfoGenetic Test Kit lets your doctors or medical director quickly pre-qualify your residents for genomic testing insurance benefits.