DrFirst has added a new pharmacogenomics capability developed in collaboration with Translational Software Inc. to enable physicians to order genomic tests through its Rcopia e-prescribing tool to identify how patients’ genes will impact medication effectiveness for optimal treatment results.

June 6, 2018 by Fred Pennic

DrFirst, a provider of medication management and secure communications solutions, has added a new pharmacogenomics (PGx) capability within the workflow of its Rcopia electronic prescribing suite. The new PGx solution, developed in collaboration with Translational Software Inc. (TSI) and in conjunction with Exceltox and Alpha Genomix Laboratories, allows physicians to order genomic tests for patients to understand how patients will respond to current or planned medications.

DrFirst’s PGx functionality enables true precision medicine by allowing a physician to test how a patient’s genes will affect the efficacy of a drug. If a genomics test shows that a patient metabolizes a drug differently than expected or that the drug may pose a health risk to that person, the physician can make an informed decision as to which medication and/or dosage to prescribe for that patient.

The PGx functionality is a feature of Rcopia’s Patient Advisor medication adherence module. If a patient consents to have a subset of their genes tested, the physician can order a genomics assay within the prescribing workflow. Orders are processed at either Exceltox or Alpha Genomix Laboratories. Currently, pharmacogenomics tests are targeted to behavioral health, cardiology and pain management.

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