Day: January 6, 2022

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Facing criticism, electronic health records vendors say they’re making progress in supporting genomics

Major electronic health records vendors insist they are successfully responding to the needs of the emerging field of clinical genomics, despite barriers including uncertainly about who pays for genomic testing, lack of data standardization, and the general slow pace of change in healthcare.

“We’ve worked closely with our customers, with genetic testing labs, and standards bodies … to go beyond the PDF results report and actually bring discrete genetic testing data into Epic,” said Catherine Procknow, genomics product lead at Epic Systems.

Bob Robke, VP of clinical enterprise at Cerner, said that the healthcare industry in general is still struggling to understand how to incorporate genomics into patient care. Robke noted that pharmacogenomics has not had the uptake he had hoped because providers frequently have issues regarding who will pay for testing. “When we start seeing that trend move, you’ll see us doing more innovation in [pharmacogenomics],” he said.


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Consumer Health: Treating glaucoma

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about treating this group of eye conditions.

About 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and it’s the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often due to abnormally in your eye. Elevated eye is due to a buildup of the fluid that flows throughout the inside of your eye. When this fluid is overproduced or the drainage system doesn’t work properly, the fluid can’t flow out at its normal rate and eye pressure increases.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60. It can occur at any age, but it is more common in older adults. The effect is so gradual

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