Personalized Medicine – A Gamechanger for Physicians
Personalized medicine is rapidly changing the way physicians practice healthcare. Providers can now use a patient’s unique genetic profile to guide the selection of medications and related treatments, and in many cases avoid adverse drug reactions. The added precision gained through genomic testing offers a more preventive and cost-effective approach to patient care.
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 medication. Testing a patient’s DNA for this genetic information can help predict whether a specific drug is likely to work as intended. However, the range of diseases treated and drugs prescribed by most physicians makes it unrealistic to keep track of the vast body of literature about pharmacogenomic testing and to decipher how to apply this information to clinical practice. The time required for doctors to interpret results and enter relevent information into the patient’s record is usually not available.
Our Smart*Decision DNA Solution solves these challenges by focusing on three basic objectives:
1. Identifying patients who are likely to benefit from DNA testing.
2. Gaining patient trust and consent with our easy-to-use InfoGenetic Test Kit.
3. Delivering genomic test results in a physician-friendly and time-efficient format that can be used with confidence.
Most insurance plans and Medicare will typically pay for Pharmacogenomic testing if the patient is on multiple medications, or has had a documented adverse drug reaction, or if a drug fails to work as intended. The cost of pharmacogenomic testing is also usually covered for pain or cancer management, and management of many co-morbid conditions.
Our free InfoGenetic Test Kit includes a Medical Necessity Checklist, diagnostic CPT codes and other important information so physicians can quickly qualify patients for genomic testing and related insurance benefits. Buccal swabs for painless inside-cheek sample collection and pre-paid shipping to our CLIA-certified laboratory are also included with the kits.