Posted by: Audrey Erbes | February 21, 2016

Is American Health Care Ready for Genomic Medicine?

Is American Health Care Ready for Genomic Medicine?

Have you had your genome sequenced as yet? I’m just now looking at this for myself and deciding with which organization to sign up for testing. Several industry colleagues have shared their experience and I think it’s time for me to learn more about my genes.

I always thought my father had Southern Mediterranean heritage based on his skin color and doubted he was German as he mistakenly thought. Through Ancestry and my grandson’s heritage project less than 5 years ago, I learned that my father was actually of southern French heritage. Now I’ll find out more about my ancestors.

I just read a very informative article ”Genomic Medicine Is Here. American Healthcare Isn’t Ready” by Meredith Salisbury, Feb. 2, 2016, Techonomy, which captures the failure of American healthcare to be ready for patient inquiries or how to deal with this rapidly changing field of medicine. Research suggests that over ½ a million people have arranged for sequencing and this number is expected to grow rapidly. Without access to genetic counselors, we won’t know how to make good use of this information.

I’m afraid that the medical profession is not integral to helping patients recognize the value of such testing. Probably because they are not prepared and lack information themselves. I remember that in the late 1970s physicians were poorly trained to help patients in the field of sexually transmitted diseases. As a result the medical profession was caught off guard with the huge epidemic of venereal diseases and rapid appearance and growth of AIDS. Medical schools didn’t train physicians to give good counsel to patients and, through ignorance and lack of information made the spread of disease far worse.

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Highlights of Upcoming Bay Area Bioscience Events

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Feb. 23, 2016, Topic: “Applying the powerful silicon platform for breakthrough medical and life science products;” Speaker: Winny Tan, Ph.D., Partnerships Manager, Nanoelectrics R&D Institute
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 24, 2016; Topic: “Leveraging Polymer Science to Advance the Treatment of Hyperkalemia;” Speaker: Lance Berman, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Relypsa
  • ASQ, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 24, 2016; Topic: “Human Factors Engineering in Medical Devices;” Speaker: Mark Moyer is the Administrative Director of the USF Health CAMLS Innovation Cente
  • BVS, 3rd SF Biotech Community Event at Dominic’s, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 25, 2016
  • JLABS, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2016; Topic: “Meet with….Sofinnova Ventures;” Speaker: Mike Powell, Sofinnova Ventures Participating Representative
  • Event: Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) 37th Annual Conference– Conference Theme: Innovation

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Feb 21, 2016





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