HealthcareITNews recently asked Inova Health’s Chief Operating Officer, John Deeken, MD, for his advice on integrating genomics into healthcare systems. Dr. Deeken and Translational Software’s CEO Don Rule will elaborate on this theme during their joint talk at HIMSS 2017.

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Physician-Executive Shares Tips on Building an IT Infrastructure for Personalized Care


December 20, 2016
By Mike Miliard


Many larger health systems are embracing the vast new promise of precision medicine, and many of them are learning from each other as they go. At HIMSS17, John Deeken, MD, of Fairfax, Virginia-based Inova Health System will offer some lessons learned for providers looking to put technology to work for genomics-based care.


But in his HIMSS17 talk, “Building an Integrated Precision Medicine Infrastructure,” which he’ll present alongside Inova’s technology partner, Translational Software, he’ll also offer tips for clearing some of the hurdles along this new clinical path – namely, how best to integrate genetic and genomic data into workflows, ensuring its in the optimal format to help clinicians make informed decisions at the point of care.


One of Inova’s big recent initiatives on the precision medicine front gets started on the ground floor, so to speak.


“If one believes that using genomics to help personalize care starts at any age, what better time to do that than when people are born?” said Deeken.


“Our main hospital here is Inova Fairfax, where we have about 10,000 babies born each year,” he explained. “We started pharmacogenetic testing for every newborn as part of our free service to that new family. Parents are offered to have this test done, and the results are sent back to the physician and to the parents of the newborn – a profile of the testing: seven different genes that are involved and at least 21 different medications. Most of those medications won’t be relevant to the child until later in life, but what better time to start this approach of personalized care?”


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Please join session between John Deeken & Don Rule on “Building an integrated Precision Medicine Infrastructure,” Monday, February 20, 2017, 3-4 PM EST, Room 331A at HMSS17 at the Orange County Center (Orlando Florida).

HIMSS will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida, from February 19 – 23, 2017.