Patient Access, Privacy Vital for Integrating Genomic Data in the EHR
Incorporating genomic data into the EHR will require providers to address issues of patient access and privacy.
Patient access, privacy, and protection are critical in facilitating the integration of genomic data into patient care and the EHR, according to a report from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG).
Genomic data is becoming an integral part of nearly every area of medical care, the authors noted, meaning this information is increasingly being incorporated into multiple parts of the EHR.
“Advances in genetic and genomic testing technology have not only introduced the utilization of clinical genomic information into virtually every area of medical care, this testing has become an essential tool to achieve the goal of precision medicine,” the authors stated.
“As genomic data become more complex, so too must the EHR evolve to provide