By Linda Wilson
August 8, 2018
As part of the pre-appointment activities before an annual physical, patients at NorthShore University HealthSystem complete an electronic risk-assessment questionnaire to determine if genomic testing for certain inherited cancers, cardiovascular diseases or other medical conditions is appropriate for them.
The four-hospital health system, located in an affluent suburban area north of Chicago, targets diseases where there are “clinical actions that could be done to improve care,” says Peter Hulick, MD, director of the center for personalized medicine at NorthShore. Examples include breast or colon cancers for which preventive screening is available or lipid disorders for which diet, exercise and statins are routinely prescribed.